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Once a life begins, it should be protected, cherished, and nurtured

by | Jan 21, 2022

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

In his book Renewing Our Hope, popular preacher Bishop Robert Barron makes note of the “outrageous statement” made in the 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

That statement, which will live in infamy, says, “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, of the mystery of human life.”

This nonsensical sentence has governed abortion law in the U.S. for decades. It mis-defines liberty as limitless. For, while we are a nation founded on liberty, we are also bound by laws which are supposed to be handed down for the common good. 

In addition, the liberty described does not apply to the defenseless human being in her mother’s womb. She is not free to live, but rather can easily succumb to an abortionist’s deadly instruments.

Facts are indisputable; they are not subject to individual whims. Our system of justice is based upon establishing facts in a court of law. Science is also based on facts, such as the law of gravity. One cannot define one’s own law of gravity; no matter what one may think, a pen dropped from the hand on planet earth will land on the floor, and not rise up to float in the air.

Similarly, one cannot define existence as one pleases—either someone exists, or not, based on scientific evidence. And the evidence is clear that human life begins at the moment of fertilization.

While it is true that aspects of human life are mysterious, the beginning of that life is not. And, once a life begins, it should be protected, cherished, and nurtured.

This is why the case that gave rise to Casey, Roe v. Wade, must be overturned. The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which legalized abortion nationwide, has led to the deaths of more than 62 million preborn children in our country. It has also caused severe emotional pain for countless women among us. The travesty of Roe cannot and will not prevail. 

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