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A passion for life and a strong belief that life was always worth living, no matter how difficult the circumstance

by | Jul 24, 2020

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

He thought he would live to be 100—but it seemed like his Creator had different plans.

My father had seemed so invincible, surviving a stint as an airman in the Korean War, then, nearly two decades later, winning a difficult battle against a debilitating form of the flu. 

But, with seemingly little forewarning, he suffered a diabetic stroke. With his kidneys failing, he seemed to be at death’s door.

Then, miraculously, he rallied, and I was able to visit him in the hospital. He had lost much of his ability to speak, but not to laugh, and we shared a joke between us which cut the tension and reminded me of happier times.

In the nearly two months that followed, he reconciled with His God in a beautiful and profound way. But just about two weeks shy of his birthday, he crossed from this world to the next as his body gave up the fight.

During his illness, my father could have been a candidate for doctor-prescribed suicide. After all, he had been diagnosed with diabetes, he had lost most of his ability to communicate, and he was an older gentleman—the majority of his days were behind him.

And yet, he would have resisted such a call for assisted suicide with every fiber of his failing body and undiminished soul. He had a passion for life and a strong belief that life was always worth living, no matter how difficult the circumstance.

The lessons my father taught me about living linger with me. I salute his legacy with each pro-life policy for which I advocate, each article I write, in the hope that no one will be tempted at the twilight of life to succumb to assisted suicide.      

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