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Inspired by Irish Singer Dana Scallon at MCFL Annual Fundraising Banquet

by | Nov 8, 2016

By Gabrielle Landry

Gabrielle Landry, Montrose School ‘18, is Co-President, Montrose School Respect for Life Club. She is seen here in the front  row, furthest right.

Gabrielle Landry, Montrose School ‘18, is Co-President, Montrose School Respect for Life Club. She is seen here in the front row, furthest right.

“We live in a social system where if lives are not productive, they are disposable,” said Dana Scallon, Irish singer and former member of the European Parliament, in her keynote speech at the Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL) Annual Fundraising Banquet.

With these words, Dana captured the reason why we fight to reverse the culture of death and re-establish a culture of life. As MCFL’s Mission Statement declares: “In recognition of the fact that each human life is a continuum from conception to natural death, [our mission] is to restore respect for human life and to defend the right to life of all human beings, born and preborn.”

Thanks to a generous donation, twelve other high school girls and I from the Respect for Life Club of Montrose School in Medfield attended this incredible event.

Dana’s moving, inspiring, and personal keynote presentation captivated us. I especially appreciated hearing her transformation from a passive, silent bystander to an international pro-life advocate.

During her speech, Dana shared that initially, “I couldn’t get past the fact that I could see the mother, and not the child. I just couldn’t get past the mother.” After a personal experience in which the life of her own unborn child was endangered, she said that she felt called to active pro-life work. “I knew that I had contributed, by silence, to many deaths,” Dana shared. Her moving story and genuine reflections resonated with me.

Dana’s beautiful songs reiterated her message. “This is My Body” refutes the common justification of abortion, the “my body, my choice” mindset that advances the culture of death in our country, and the contrast with Jesus’s words: “this is my body,” which bring life.

“The Perfect Gift” reflects how we must see the unborn and the most vulnerable, as Dana sang, “through the eyes of love.”

As popular American culture continues to advance the anti-life message, we must keep up the fight, no matter how discouraging the circumstances. The small and large victories of groups like MCFL and people like Dana help restore respect for all human life and reverse the culture of death, in America and beyond.

Dana’s inspiring presentation reminded me to keep up the battle through my own experiences as a high school student, and to work in the ways that I can to promote respect for all human life, and to spread the pro-life message to others.

Editor’s note. Gabrielle Landry, Montrose School ‘18, is Co-President, Montrose School Respect for Life Club.

Categories: Pro-Lifers