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Pennsylvanians brave weather and terrible traffic to attend Friday’s March for Life

by | Jan 25, 2016

By Maria Gallagher, legislative director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Editor’s note. Many pro-lifers who weathered the awful conditions in Washington, DC to attend Friday’s March for Life got stuck in monstrous traffic jams after they left — buses from at least ten states. Our hats are off to them for their steadfast faithfulness. What Maria wrote of her state could have been said of all: “Pennsylvania pro-lifers could not be prouder of the brave souls who, following the March for Life, became stranded during the snowstorm on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Perhaps Joan Peterson said it best in her Facebook post to Erie People for Life Executive Director Tim Broderick: ‘Thanks to all who braved the nasty weather to represent the unborn…you are my heroes! God will bless you abundantly.’”

March for LifeIt is difficult for Pennsylvanians to mark the anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade ruling without reflecting on notorious abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell. After all, it was Roe that led to Gosnell’s abominable practice, in which hundreds of full-term babies were delivered, then killed, according to the mind-boggling grand jury report released in connection with the case. And it is that report that forms the basis of the documentary 3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy, which was screened in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania the week of the Roe anniversary. (More about this below.)

Pennsylvania communities marked the 43rd commemoration of Roe in additional ways. Also in Lebanon County, a demonstration on January 22nd attracted nearly 100 people. The crowd actually swelled because some individuals who were hoping to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C. had to cancel their travel plans because of the Blizzard of 2016.

Visit the Lebanon Daily News’ website and you can view the inspiring pictures—ordinary Americans taking a courageous street corner stand for life. Signs such as “Abort is a Typo: Adopt” and “Honk for Life” attracted much interest from the motorists passing by.

In the legendary city of Gettysburg, site of the historic Civil War battle, an estimated crowd of more than 100 gathered for a January 22nd rally for life. The courthouse rally, sponsored by the Adams County Pennsylvanians for Human Life, featured a talk by Brandy Crago who is with the therapeutic riding ministry at Freedom Valley Church.

Brandy spoke movingly of a girl with a disability and her engaging participation in the equestrian program, proving the value of every single human life. She also talked about her daughter having the opportunity to adopt, after a 16-year-old girl selected her to be the adoptive mother of a beautiful baby boy.

I saw the completed 3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy, documentary for the first time at Lebanon’s historic Allen Theatre and it left me speechless. To hear Gosnell himself on a tape recording defend his actions was beyond disturbing. And to listen to him justify himself with references to the Bible’s Book of Genesis [!] was cringe-inducing.

I would highly recommend that in addition to pro-life groups, other churches and community groups sponsor showings of this film—it is one of the best arguments out there as to why Roe is so pernicious and should be abolished. To see a listing of showtimes across the nation, visit

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