National Right to Life Pro-Life Essay Contest 2021: “62 million precious reasons why I am pro-life.”

By Abigail P., Middlefield, Ohio

Editor’s note. As Scott Fischbach wrote Monday, we are posting all four winners of the Senior Division of the 2021 NRLC Essay contest this week and all four Junior Division winners next week. Each contestant was asked to write an essay of 500 or fewer words on the simple but fundamental question of “Why are you pro-life?”

Why am I pro-life? There are over sixty-two million precious reasons since Roe v. Wade why I am pro-life. However the foundation for my stance boils down to two aspects: the Bible and logic.

First, I am a Christian, and I believe in the authority of God’s Word, the Bible. The Bible says God created each and every one of us “in the image of God” (Genesis 1:27). We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalms 139:14). From the point of conception, each life is a human being with a unique DNA. God even said, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5) Thus, the Bible considers every life precious no matter what, and I believe everyone deserves a chance at life.

I am also pro-life because it logically makes sense. The niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “Every aborted baby is like a slave in the womb of his or her mother.” Many pro-choice advocates use the example of a pregnant woman who is in a difficult economic situation or a broken relationship and thus feel abortion is her only practical option. While tragic circumstances exist, they do not make it right for a woman to have an abortion. In fact, this is called an appeal to pity logical fallacy since it affects the listener’s emotions so that they make unrealistic decisions. President Reagan stated, “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” On a similar note, Mother Teresa said, “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” In reality, if humans have any rights at all, they should at least have the right to life and liberty, which is the foundation for the United States of America.

No matter what kind of complicated story behind a pregnancy, the basics remain the same. A baby in the womb is a human being. Facts are still facts, despite your feelings. Deep down, even though many may try to disagree, we all know this to be the truth. At your home, you sleep in your bed and eat in your kitchen. Similarly, your first home was in the womb. That is where you slept and ate. A different home does not make you any less human. As the beloved Dr. Seuss once said, “ A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

In the end I am pro-life because I believe the Word of God and because the pro-life stance makes logical sense. I will continue to stand for the sixty-two million precious lives who have died from abortion. We are each priceless to God. Do not ever let that truth slip away.