I don't know what Phoebe Snow's political affiliation was, or whether she voted for Obama, or what her views were about abortion on demand. I can't recall ever hearing that she marched or picketed or made speeches or was otherwise active on the political scene.
But I do know that she sacrificed everything for her little girl.
Phoebe's classic "Poetry Man" reached the top 5 on the pop charts in 1975. But when Valerie Rose was born that same year with severe brain damage, Phoebe chose to care for her at home rather than put her in an institution. Through lawsuits, financial distress, and even desertion by her husband, Phoebe kept Valerie with her -- until Valerie's death in 2007. Under her mother's care, the baby whom nobody expected to survive more than a few years lived to be 31. "Occasionally I put an album out, but I didn't like to tour, and they didn't get a lot of label support," Phoebe once remarked in an interview. "But you know what? It didn't really matter because I got to stay home more with Valerie, and that time was precious."
Phoebe Snow's name may not have come up much at pro-life rallies, but she was still a giant in the war for life. She lived it. For 31 years, she kept her daughter safe from the vultures of "compassion." With every fiber of her being, Phoebe Snow beat back the assault of the culture of death. After so many decades of sacrificial love, it is perhaps not surprising that this devoted mother should not long survive the daughter for whom she poured herself out.
I don't know what Phoebe Snow thought about Roe v. Wade. But I think I can guess. R.I.P.