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The right to be born—it’s a right that is written on the human heart that no government official should erase 

by | Apr 1, 2024

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

This Easter I experienced a poignant reminder of the vital importance of pro-life work.

I was dining in a busy restaurant when I spotted a family at a nearby table. A waitress was helping to lift an infant carrier onto a high chair so that the youngest member of the party was elevated.

As soon as the baby was raised up to the table, I could see the smiles all around—as if to say, “Yes, that’s better!”

And then it hit me: The baby deserved a place at the table. And, as pro-life advocates, that is what we are asking: that people—no matter what their age or stage of development—have a place at the table.

It’s an issue of fairness. Why should anyone be denied a right to life? No matter her background, the circumstances of her conception, or her socio-economic status, a baby girl should by rights be accepted, cherished, and loved.

As one member of the party cradled the baby girl in her arms, you could see the joy on the faces. When we as a society condone and promote abortion, we are, in essence, canceling joy.

As politicians bandy about the word “rights” this campaign season, let us never forget the fundamental right to be born—to have a place at the table. It’s a right that is written on the human heart, that no government official should erase.

Categories: Infants
Tags: babies born