I was scrolling through the list of abortion facilities on the Pennsylvania Department of Health website when I saw it. Where the week before the site listed 16 abortion centers, this week the number totaled 17. And I was once again moved to sadness.

Abortion totals rose a little more than two percent in 2019 in Pennsylvania, the latest year for which statistics are available. But this business of abortion is about more than statistics. With each uptick in abortion are a torrent of tears, an avalanche of despair. Behind each statistic is a mother left to grieve a child lost forever.

When a facility launches its abortion business in a community, a feeling of hopelessness follows. It is a natural outgrowth of a business built on the deaths of the innocent.

The abortion industry’s efforts to expand its trade add to the sum total of misery in a community. Abortion expansion is a sign that society has failed women.

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But in the midst of this darkness is the light of the pro-life cause. It shines on women and children, restoring hope with life-honoring solutions to challenging problems. It has been estimated that for every abortion center in the U.S., there are three pregnancy resource centers offering comprehensive support and aid to pregnant women.

The opening of a new abortion center is a signal that the pro-life movement is needed now more than ever. Women searching for help for themselves and their babies can find it in our loving embrace—or, in these times of COVID, a virtual hug.

LifeNews.com 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.

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