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A pro-life look at International Women’s Day

by | Mar 8, 2021

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

As we mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2021, I contemplate the world that my daughter lives in. 

It seems to me that she benefits greatly from a solid educational foundation, and a myriad of opportunities for pursuing her dreams. Her gender is no impediment for the achievement of her goals.

And yet, I am saddened that my daughter has inherited a world in which preborn baby girls are routinely discarded as trash, rather than honored as the sacred beings they are. Abortion totals in the U.S. reach nearly 900,000 a year. At least half of the victims are girls. 

What a tragic loss of female potential.

The legalization of abortion did not “empower” women. It was (and remains) a sign of a society failing women. Failing to meet their material and emotional needs. Failing to provide loving support and compassion. Failing to respect women’s dignity as mothers. 

How, then, can I be firmly convinced there is great reason for hope and optimism as we herald International Women’s Day? 

The number of abortions nationally is roughly half at what it was at their peak. their lowest since 1973! The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute reported 862, 320 abortions for 2017.

So many states have passed protective laws that help to safeguard women contemplating abortion. To take just one, informed consent statutes ensure that women must be told the risks of abortion and alternatives to abortion prior to an abortion taking place. 

In the Commonwealth where I live, Pennsylvania, the landmark 1989 Abortion Control Act has helped to cut abortion totals in half!

Abortion center regulation laws…born in part out of the tragedy of the Kermit Gosnell scandal in West Philadelphia…ensure that abortion facilities must follow the health and safety standards of outpatient surgery centers. * In Pennsylvania alone, numerous abortion centers have shut their doors because they either could not or chose not to meet these basic safety requirements. 

The vibrant pro-life movement has provided a helping hand to so many pregnant women in difficult circumstances. There are far many more women-helping centers than there are abortion clinics, which is a major reason the Abortion Industry attacks them unceasingly. Pregnancy and parenting support programs offer women the kind of comprehensive assistance that empowers them to make life-affirming decisions for themselves and their families. 

 So I approach International Women’s Day with much gratitude for the gains we have made in encouraging women along life’s winding path. And I look forward to that day in what I hope is the not-so-distant future when all preborn girls are protected, and all their mothers are honored as the heroes they are.  

* Gosnell was an abortionist convicted of murdering three newborn babies and involuntary manslaughter in the death of a female patient, Karnamaya Mongar.

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