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On this National Day of Prayer let us remember all the women suffering from the terrible decision to abort their child

by | May 2, 2024

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

I vividly recall the young woman, dropping to her knees in fervent prayer outside an Ohio abortion facility.

Her eyes were filled with tears as she made her entreaties to God.  When she looked up, I walked toward her, thanking her for her prayers.

I learned that she had been badly emotionally scarred from her experience of having an abortion at that center. When she began to speak, the floodgates opened, and she shared with me the details of that terrible trauma.

I prayed for her to find healing, and she did—through a ministry program devoted to women who have suffered the loss of children to the abortion tragedy.

On this National Day of Prayer, I am reminded of that day, so long ago, when I was first exposed to the unbelievable pain of coerced abortion. The young woman’s mother had exerted tremendous pressure on her to abort, which severely damaged their relationship.

Abortion is ultimately a civil rights issue, representing the freedom of children to be born and the freedom of women to give birth to their babies in a loving, supportive environment. You can have no faith at all and be pro-life.

Yet many of us in the pro-life movement treasure a deep and abiding faith in an all-loving, all-merciful God who is the creator and sustainer of life. We see His providence at work, showering blessings on pregnant women, their babies, and their families.

I am reminded of a petite woman who was a giant in the pro-life movement—Mother Teresa. Despite experiencing an extended dark night of the soul, she continued to trust in God to provide for all her needs and the needs of those she served. Fueled by her faith, she made a bold proclamation, stating that she would take in any child who was threatened by abortion. She knew that her Lord would not turn away from the babies He created with a tender and loving heart.

My prayer this day is that all pregnant women will receive the support they need for themselves and for their offspring, and that we as a nation will rediscover the beauty and hope that human life holds. May you be richly blessed by the God who hears every prayer and consoles every heartache!

Categories: Pro-Lifers