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A goal for any pro-lifer: to be “Just like Bill”

by | Dec 7, 2020

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

If you ever doubt your ability, as an individual, to make a difference in the ongoing and noble cause of protecting innocent human life, consider drawing strength from the example set by a man named Bill.

Bill and his wife Judy were fighting peacefully for the pro-life cause even before the tragic U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Roe v. Wade, which has resulted in the slaughter of an estimated 62 million preborn Americans. Judy remembers a time when the preferred mode of transportation to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. was a car rather than the contingent of buses that now descend upon D.C. each January. She recalls the early days of the pro-life movement in Pennsylvania, with all its struggles and joys.

Bill was a long-time, faithful volunteer who, with Judy by his side, fought the good fight for life. In his final days, Judy took care of him as his dedicated nurse, and she remarks that it was a privilege to care for him during those final crucial days.

In September, Bill and Judy were blessed to celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary—a remarkable achievement at any time, but especially in these times.

Bill died last month at the age of 81—to the very end, a champion for preborn babies and their mothers. I would like to think there is a special place in heaven for him and for all those who dedicate their lives to striving to protect the most vulnerable among us.

A co-worker remarked that Bill stood out from the crowd because of his caring nature. Shattering the myth that pro-lifers only care about life before birth, Bill showed the utmost respect for all people at all stages of life.

There will never be another Bill. But we can take up his mantle, serving as role models for the next pro-life generation. As Bill’s widow Judy remarked, “We are blessed to have so many youths” in the pro-life movement. 

They are answering the call and, no matter how the political winds blow, they are determined to remain faithful to it.

 Just like Bill.    

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