By Maria Gallagher, Legislative/PAC Director
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
I had just gone up to the cash register at the clothing retailer when my eyes met those of a little boy, probably four years old.
His face graced a poster pleading for contributions to help treat his cancer and that of other children afflicted with the disease.
It was impossible for me to ignore those eyes.
I quickly assented to the $2 being added to my purchase as a contribution to the boy's cause.
In an instant, my mind turned to the estimated 57 million children in the U.S. who have died as a result of the silent killer known as abortion. I wondered about their eyes, and if they could move a nation to end the tragedy.
If only we faced those eyes every time we made our way to a checkout counter. If only we could see the faces of abortion's victims. Would we not then lend a hand to those staring down a suction machine or an abortionist's scalpel?
If only we could see those poster children who are hidden from our view.
Abortion does have a human face. Pollsters may call it a hot-button issue, but it is in fact a profoundly human one. It is not about choice. It is about humanity and the failure to recognize such. If abortion did not result in the death of a child, it would not be an issue at all.
But no political sloganeering can drown out the essential fact that with an abortion a life is taken. Only when our social blindness is successfully treated and we see the eyes of the victims can we as a nation begin to heal.