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Holly Gatling recognized for 25 years of service to South Carolina Citizens for Life

by | Jan 17, 2019

By Carol Tobias, President, National Right to Life

Holly receiving the Order of the Palmetto award from Governor Henry McMaster

South Carolina Citizens for Life annually holds a Proudly Pro-Life Weekend where a fundraising dinner is held on Friday evening followed by a rally at the State Capitol on Saturday.

This year, on January 11 and 12, SCCL took the opportunity to honor Holly Gatling for her 25 years of service to the organization as Executive Director.

Holly has also served as South Carolina’s representative to the NRLC Board of Directors for those 25 years and has been elected Board secretary for the past 16 years.

I had the honor of attending, and speaking at, both events. The admiration and affection for Holly was very strong and very clear. The list of people standing up to sing her praises was impressive—leaders of pro-life/pro-family organizations, representatives from various church denominations, and elected officials.

A “mock trial” conducted by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson accused Holly of being too nice and successful in her life-saving efforts. Brought forward as witnesses, state senators presented her with a resolution, passed unanimously by both houses of the SC legislature, acknowledging her work in the legislature.

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Rep. Joe Wilson and Senator Lindsey Graham, on behalf of himself and Senator Tim Scott, had letters thanking her for her many years of service to the pro-life movement. Governor Henry McMaster presented Holly with the Order of the Palmetto, the highest award South Carolina bestows on civilians, recognizing their lifetime achievements and contributions to the state of South Carolina.

In my remarks, I pointed out that Holly is not one to seek attention for herself. She is always looking out for others, which is why she has dedicated her life to protecting the lives of those who cannot defend themselves.

Holly is not going to give up in this battle but it was an appropriate time to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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