A captivating headline caught my eye recently. The news article, written by Kim Strong for the York Daily Record, was about two 95-year-old women who were the oldest twins living in York County, Pennsylvania.

The story noted how different the women were in temperament—one was sassy, the other quiet—yet they shared an unbreakable bond.

The article made me stop and think: How many twins never get to see their first birthday—let alone their 95th—because they are aborted in their mothers’ wombs?

When twins are aborted, the tragedy is doubled, the heartache intensified. Women pregnant with twins need to be assured of the life-affirming options available to them, including placing their children for adoption.

Twins who have been lost to abortion are not “statistics.” They are flesh-and-blood human beings, unique individuals each of whom deserved a place at the family table.

Ask yourself what wonderful people have we missed, because these two unborn children fell victim to abortion?

No one would argue that twins aren’t a handful. Certainly, women pregnant with twins deserve our utmost respect and support—not only before birth, but afterward as well. Yet these children are also a tremendous blessing.

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This is where families, churches, and pregnancy resources can enter in—sharing in the blessing, lending a helping hand wherever assistance is necessary.

When these twin sisters were born 95 years ago, abortion was illegal. In trying to safeguard life in the second millennium, it is not a question of going backwards. Rather, it is a matter of moving forward—to a society that welcomes and celebrates life in all its forms—even when it comes along in “twos.”

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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1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Decisions Legalized Abortion in the U.S. for theFull Nine Months of Pregnancy Prior to 1967, abortion was prohibited in all 50 states except when the mother’s life was in danger. Between 1967 and 1973, 18 states added further exceptions, mostly to allow abortion in cases of rape and incest, or for certain limited medical reasons, or on demand (New York). In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered two decisions, Roe v. Wade 1 and Doe v. Bolton 2 which, taken together, have allowed legal abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy in all 50 states. The two original decisions established legal abortion as follows: In the first three months of pregnancy, no one can interfere with a woman’s decision to abort her child. After the first three months, but before the “viability” of the unborn child, an individual state can enact laws to protect the health of the mother but cannot prohibit the abortion of the unborn child. After “viability” of the unborn child, an individual state can, if it chooses to do so, enact laws to protect the unborn child but abortion must be allowed if the life or “health” of the mother is at stake. The Supreme Court defined “health” as “the medical judgment that may be exercised in light of all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age –relevant to the well-being of the patient. All these factors may relate to health.” 2 Consequently, the broad definition of “health” has made abortion legal up to the moment of birth.

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