Pro-Life People View Pregnancy as an Opportunity Not a Problem

Opinion   |   Maria Gallagher   |   Aug 20, 2018   |   4:06PM   |   Washington, DC

When I was working as a journalist, I attempted to look at events through the eyes of the individuals I interviewed. I wanted to understand their perspective so that I could represent it fairly. I discovered that, often times, where a person stood depended on where he or she sat–in other words, his or her position in life often determined his or her viewpoint.

Now, as a pro-life advocate, I still try to view life through various eyes, beginning through the eyes of the preborn child who just needs a chance to be born and make a mark in the world.

There are the eyes of a pregnant woman who is often facing difficult–but not impossible–obstacles along her path. Then there are the eyes of a person with disabilities who sees symbols of discrimination throughout society. And surely all pro-life advocates ought to see through the eyes of a frail elderly person who feels especially vulnerable in today’s throwaway culture.

When I write an op-ed piece, I strain to see the life issues through the eyes of pro-abortion advocates. Admittedly, I struggle to see what they believe they see, but I must counter their arguments in a clear-eyed fashion and fair fashion. I hope that, in time, they will see the incontrovertible truth: that life begins at conception, and that abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia are tragedies which must be fought through peaceful, legal means of engagement.

Once I received a call to the pro-life movement, it was as if the blinders had been lifted from my eyes and I was able finally to see clearly. The way that I viewed life had changed dramatically and fundamentally.

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Involvement in the pro-life movement is an eye-opening experience. My fervent hope is that many, many more people will join its ranks, so that the beautiful vision of a culture of life can be realized in our beloved country. Note: Maria Gallagher is the Legislative Director and Political Action Committee Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and she has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.