Editor’s note. The following winning essays were written for the National Right to Life Pro-Life Essay Contest.
At the senior level, grades 10–12, Thomas Wegmann and Haley Faul tied for first.
At the junior level, grades 7–9, Noelle W. McDowell was the winner.
We stand against abortion because all life is precious
By Thomas Wegmann – Indiana, Grade 11
Forty-five long years ago, the Supreme court legalized abortion. At that very moment the womb, one of the safest and most loving places, became deadlier than the gas chambers of the Holocaust and all the American wars combined.
A nation that stood for the rights of all, has forsaken its most important: the unborn. Sixty million innocent lives have been taken in this wicked act of brutality–125 little ones every hour, 3,000 little ones every day, more than 1 million little ones every year. Imagine a monument like the Vietnam Memorial. It would be eighty-five miles long.
We certainly do not stand up to abortion to suppress true feminism. We stand against abortion because all life is precious and because the right of “convenience” can never outweigh the sacred right to life. As a nation, we can no longer stand idle while society’s most precious gifts are crushed under the forceps of relativism and poisoned in a saline-wash of ignorance.
History will mark our actions and generations will judge our words. We know our cause is just. We know that one day we will win, that mothers will embrace their children, and that once again all life will be sacred and free in the eyes of the law.
So much innocent blood has been spilt in the name of personal freedom. I have never believed that freedom was to be preserved for our own singular advantage. This definition is wrought with cruelty, selfishness and never the vision of our Founding Fathers.
One day we will stand before our Creator and give an account. We will be judged for what we did and what we did not do. Did we seek to restore freedom and all its blessings to the unborn? Did we seek to restore life, liberty and the right to pursue happiness to the least of these? Did we give a voice to the voiceless? I do not want to be found lacking on that day of judgement. I want to be found equal to the task.
This is why I am Pro-Life.
Abortion truly is a ruthless act of murder towards an innocent human
By Haley Faul – Wisconsin, Grade 10
Tears are welling up in my eyes as I begin writing this paper, as I just recently learned in a very emotional discussion with my adoptive mom that my birth parents had intended to abort me. I have always been opposed to abortion as it is a form of murder of an innocent, living, breathing human being; but now that I know of my personal close encounter of almost being aborted, I have an even more emotional stance against abortion and personal conviction to help end the legality of abortion. Overall, abortion truly is a ruthless act of murder towards an innocent human being as supported by scientific facts and research.
Ronald Reagan, our 40th president, once said, “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” By saying this, Reagan intended to get his message to the people that each and every one of us is here because our parents chose not to abort us. Research confirms that life begins at conception. “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just released their 2018-2022 plan, which unequivocally states that life begins at conception and deserves protection. ” By saying this, the department means that even though the fetus might not be fully developed, it is still a living being as soon as it is conceived. When an abortion is performed, the parents are automatically denying an innocent human a right to live a successful, fun-filled life, which is not fair. What have they done to deserve this punishment? According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, “Nearly 1 in 4 (22%) of pregnancies end in abortion. ” That is a very upsetting number to think about. About one of every four babies will not have a bright future because their parents were selfish and decided to kill the innocent child.
Despite what some may think, abortion has many long-term side effects after the process is performed. After having an abortion, you are put at risk of never being able to become pregnant again because an infection caused by the abortion could spread to the fallopian tubes causing infertility. Some abortions can even cause long-term health complications, in some cases maybe even death of the mother. Additionally, many women are left feeling guilty and stressed about what they have done. They think about that innocent life they took away from an innocent little human being. Sometimes, this feeling of guilt can also lead to lifelong depression that needs to be treated, and that adds more and more medical expenses.
All in all, abortion is a decision that comes with life-long consequences and both medical and emotional side effects. Abortion is an act of cruelty towards an unborn, living human being, as medical facts substantiate the fact that life truly does begin at conception. Being against abortion does not make me anti-choice like pro-choice individuals claim. Every woman has the choice as to whether or not to become pregnant. Because she made the choice to become pregnant, she should own up to her decisions and give her baby, the life she chose to create, the best life she possibly can. Overall, from the moment that little cell is conceived, it is a living human that deserves all that is offered in this world, and I am truly blessed to have been given the chance at life.
A Voice for the Voiceless
By Noelle W. McDowell — Maryland , Grade 8
Life is precious. Life is an amazing miracle. Within the womb, this phenomenon is carefully guided and watched over by a loving God, the giver of life. Though seemingly insignificant, unborn babies are the most awe-inspiring wonders in the world. And yet, some people deny their right to life, and justify killing them through abortion. I want to stand up for the lives of the unborn because their right to life is unalienable, and because they bear the Image of God.
First, a human being’s right to life is “unalienable.” This word is used in the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” What does unalienable mean? It means that it should not be taken away from anyone. Our founding fathers also said that this was self-evident, that is, so obvious that it does not need to be proven; it is beyond dispute. Unfortunately, this is not the opinion some people hold today. Through the heart-breaking practice of abortion, people rob the life of unborn babies.
However, why should someone who is pro-life be more concerned about the lives of unborn babies rather than the lives of any other living thing? Why shouldn’t I join the “Save the kakapo!” movement instead? Sure, I don’t want the kakapo to be extinct, but there is something that fuels me with extra passion for protecting my fellow human beings, and that is because they have been made in the image of God.
This does not mean that we physically look like God, but that our nature, character, and attributes were designed to reflect God’s. Humans can laugh, cry, empathize, logically deduce; all of which no other part of Creation can do. Every person, including the unborn, has special value, dignity, and right to life, because they bear the image of God. The Bible says everyone is fearfully and wonderfully made. It says that even before we were born, God had a plan for everyone. He knew each and every one of us individually. He knew what we would look like, who our 5th grade crush would be, and whether or not we would like pepperoni pizza.
So why am I pro-life? I believe that everyone has a right to life. This is clearly articulated in the Declaration of Independence. Furthermore, I know that everyone’s life is precious and deserves protection, because it is imprinted with the image of God. This includes the lives of unborn, who are being robbed of their life through abortion. Therefore, I proudly stand for my fellow human beings, who have the same value as you and me. I vouch for their right to life, especially because they can’t stand up for themselves. I support the God-endowed, self-evident, unalienable right to life for every bearer of God’s image.