Abortion is Still the Most Important Political, Social Issue

Opinion   |   Maria Vitale Gallagher   |   Sep 6, 2012   |   10:37AM   |   Harrisburg, PA

I recall some time ago, sitting in church, listening intently to my pastor’s sermon. He was talking issues, and I was disappointed because he had not mentioned what I considered to be the most important issue in our city at that time — youth violence. Kids were killing kids over team jackets and athletic shoes, and the violence seemed to have reached epidemic proportions.

We live in a complex society and, because of what seems to be a crisis of lack of conscience, iniquity abounds. Terrorism — both foreign and domestic — makes us wonder how safe our children are when they board a plane, visit a movie theater, or even go to school.

Poverty, hunger, and homelessness worldwide cry out for attention and compassion. Meanwhile, we struggle to find the best ways to educate students for the immense struggles of 21st century life.

The more I’ve read and studied, pondered and questioned, I have come to the conclusion that the most pressing issue of our time is lack of respect for innocent human life. It trumps all other topics of debate, for without the right to life, no other rights can be enjoyed … no other challenges can be conquered.

The violence we inflict upon the preborn child coarsens our culture, dulls our senses, and pollutes our minds. With every life lost to abortion, we as a nation are diminished. Since 1973 and the tragic U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe versus Wade, we have been diminished more than 54 million times.

The bond between mother and unborn child is sacred and should never be severed. The High Court of the United States had no right to do that. When pregnant women are crying out in pain and confusion, we owe it to them to provide support and understanding — not blithely tell them they can end their troubles by visiting the abortionist down the block, who can make money hand over fist at their expense.



In that sermon so long ago, my pastor said that abortion was the single most important issue of our day. It still is, and it will remain so, until every child is protected, and every pregnant woman’s gift of motherhood is cherished and nurtured.