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Kudos to NRLC’s 50 state affiliates

by | Jun 18, 2019

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

At times when I am in my office at the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, I feel like the curator of a pro-life library. This was one of those times, when a number of people called our office asking for pro-life information—information they had a tough time finding anywhere else. Their questions were fascinating.

The first question of the day came from an older woman who had a refreshingly innocent query: Was abortion legal?

I am not sure if the woman was an immigrant to this country and was unfamiliar with our laws. Or perhaps she lived without the constant blast of television and radio. But her question seemed very sincere.

I gently explained that abortion was legal. Still mystified, she asked when the law was passed permitting it. I then responded with an explanation of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, which, with its companion case Doe v. Bolton, legalized abortion for any reason—or for no reason at all—for all nine months of pregnancy.

“It isn’t right. It shouldn’t be happening,” she said sadly.

I was reminded of when I first learned of the legality of abortion. It was when I was in 7th grade, and our principal took us to a demonstration against Roe in our hometown. Like the woman on the phone, I was incredulous that the legalized killing of innocent children in the womb could occur in a civilized society.

The next question came from a woman who wanted to know how she could see the popular movie Unplanned. The film tells the true story of Abby Johnson, a one-time Planned Parenthood employee of the year who became pro-life after witnessing the inhumanity of an ultrasound-guided abortion. I quickly did some checking, and found out that the release of the movie on DVD is slated for August.

I then took a call from a journalist-turned-clergyman who needed to craft a letter to the editor to respond to some pro-abortion nonsense in his local community. He was looking for statistics on the rate of abortion for African-American women. A wildly disproportionate number of abortions are performed on black women, leading to what many prominent African-American pro-life leaders describe as a black genocide.

As CNS News reported, “Although black Americans comprise 13.4% of the U.S. population, they accounted for 36.0% of the abortions in 2015, which was almost identical to the percentage of abortions (36.9%) that year among white Americans, who make up 76.6% of the population.”

He was also in search of some good quotes by Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who herself suffered the emotional fallout of two abortions.

I referred him to this quote, reported by One News Now: “Dr. Alveda King of Priests for Life explained to OneNewsNow that Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger wanted to reduce the black population based on eugenics — often referring to African Americans as weeds. ‘That’s part of our history that is kind of swept under the rug — that African Americans are victims of eugenics and genocide,’ the civil rights leader told OneNewsNow in an interview. ‘And I think there couldn’t be a more fitting time — as me being the Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn at Priests for Life — to point out that the sanctity of life should definitely have a place in African-American history.’”

These phone interactions made me wonder, where would people be without the educational resources of National Right to Life and National Right to Life affiliates? After all, Google searches can only take you so far. It takes a real human being with vast experience and knowledge to field the many questions that people have about the life issues.

So kudos to the National Right to Life affiliates around the country who reach out and touch the lives of so many people each day. You are making the nation safer for babies, people with disabilities, and the frail elderly, one phone call and one email at a time.

Categories: Pro-Lifers
Tags: abortion