After 41 Years of Abortion, Here’s 41 Reasons I’m Pro-Life

Opinion   |   Maria Vitale Gallagher   |   Feb 19, 2014   |   10:51AM   |   Washington, DC

In commemoration of the 41st anniversary of the tragic U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade and its companion decision, Doe v. Bolton, here are the 41 reasons I am pro-life:

  1. Every child, no matter what race, religion, or the circumstances of conception, has an inherent right to live.
  2. Motherhood is a beautiful gift which should be celebrated, not eliminated.
  3. prolifeimage48Abortion is an egregious attack on the family.
  4. A true feminist supports other women, including those in the womb.
  5. Abortion is not an anti-poverty plan but simply a means to eliminate the poor.
  6. As the big sister of a preemie, I learned the value of the littlest lives.
  7. It is a supreme injustice to destroy an entire class of people—those with special needs—by means of abortion.
  8. The pro-life movement sees women as strong and capable.
  9. It is heartbreaking to see a father cry over the loss of his unborn child.
  10. There is no supermodel more beautiful than a woman cradling a second life within her.
  11. The March for Life is the most inspiring event I have ever witnessed.
  12. I have seen women who have had an abortion experience profound healing and new hope after joining the pro-life movement.
  13. The people, the people, the people!
  14. No sound is as sweet as a mother singing a lullaby to her newborn.
  15. A friend introduced me to the landmark book Grand Illusions by George Grant and my eyes opened to the immense tragedy that abortion represents.
  16. My Church has been pro-life since its inception.
  17. The friends and family members who were adopted who have so enriched my life.
  18. Norma McCorvey, the late Bernard Nathanson, and Abby Johnson, who once accepted and promoted abortion but who later chose to embrace life.
  19. Lila Rose, who has brought the head of a journalist and the heart of a civil rights pioneer to the pro-life movement.
  20. The many women and men who work tirelessly in local pro-life groups, volunteering through bitter cold and blazing sun to bring the pro-life message to their communities.
  21. The only logical beginning to life is conception and the only logical end is natural death.
  22. The pro-life movement is on the right side of history.
  23. The miracle of ultrasound, which introduced me to the miracle that lies within a mother’s womb.
  24. Dr. Alveda King and her bold proclamation that the pro-life movement is the civil rights movement of our time.
  25. The hope that is as natural to pro-lifers as breathing.
  26. My childhood idol, suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who was pro-life.
  27. Pregnancy help centers, which extend a hand of friendship to women in often incredibly difficult circumstances.
  28. An unborn child should not be forced to suffer for the mistakes her parents may have made.
  29. The high school and college students, who bring energy and enthusiasm to the pro-life movement.
  30. Abortion does not solve problems for women—it only creates additional ones.
  31. No baby should be blocked access to birth.
  32. Actor Eduardo Verastegui, who has become a pro-life ambassador to Hollywood.
  33. “L’Chaim” (“To Life”) is a wonderful phrase to live by.
  34.  The late Congressman Henry Hyde, who fearlessly fought for the right of taxpayers not to fund the abortion industry.
  35. Without the right to life, none of the other rights we hold as Americans could be exercised.
  36. The people who are determined not to allow their disabilities to become death sentences.
  37. My training as a journalist taught me to search for truth, and to be pro-life is to recognize the truth that abortion ends an innocent human life and can cause immeasurable pain for a mother.
  38. Being pro-life brings indescribable joy and peace of mind.
  39. In the pro-life movement I work shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the finest people in the world.
  40. My mother—who lost her job because she was pregnant—and my father, who was unemployed—chose life for their baby girl (me).
  41. My daughter. Note: Maria Vitale is an opinion columnist for She is the Legislative Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and Vitale has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.