by Maria Gallagher, Legislative/PAC Director
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
When I first saw the figures, I could hardly believe my eyes. The number of abortions in Pennsylvania had dropped to the lowest level ever recorded since the Pennsylvania Department of Health first began releasing statistics in the aftermath of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade.
This is a milestone in the history of our Commonwealth.
At one point in Pennsylvania, back in 1980, 65,777 preborn babies lost their lives to abortion--the highest number on record. The most recent statistics show that 31,818 abortions occurred in the Keystone State in 2015. Our annual abortion totals are less than half what they used to be, an indication that the culture of life is being rebuilt in Pennsylvania--one life at a time.
This is consistent with the national trend demonstrating that abortion totals have been on the decline. Such progress would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of so many: Armchair lobbyists who contact their lawmakers when pro-life legislation is up for a vote. Teachers who volunteer their time and talent to educate members of their communities about the incredible development of the preborn child. Caring souls who offer emotional support and material aid to pregnant women during a challenging time in their lives. Cyberspace wonders who use social media to proclaim the inconvenient, disturbing truth about abortion.
It is an undeniable scientific fact that abortion ends an innocent, irreplaceable human life, and therefore every single abortion is an epic tragedy. The power of one person to change the world...be it Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Susan B. Anthony, or Steve Jobs...has been proven time and time again since the birth of our nation. Yet, generations of heroes and champions have lost their lives before they even had a chance to touch their mothers' hands--all because of a single court decision. And, despite the astounding advances in technology we have seen this century, nothing has ever been invented that can replace a newborn daughter or son.
Thanks to your passion and perseverance, lives are being saved at unprecedented rates in Pennsylvania and across the Country. The direction of our nation is turning increasingly toward embracing life rather than throwing it away.
Yet, still, there are those 31,818 nameless Pennsylvanians whose life stories will never be written, whose obituaries are missing from newspapers and news websites. It is for them, and for those whose lives are similarly threatened, that we continue working, educating, blogging, and marching.
The milestone we have just achieved in reducing abortions is just a stepping stone toward the day when all lives are protected under the law--and all mothers are spared the unfathomable pain of losing a child to the tragedy of Roe.