The National Right to Life Committee recently announced the winners of its national speech contest. Here’s a 9th grader, Rosalia Palumbo, who explains why she is pro-life. Clearly this pro-life young person has wisdom beyond her years!
Being pro-life is protecting life, the lives of innocent, defenseless unborn babies, and the sometimes dependent, and yet invaluable, lives of the elderly. It means standing up for that third of my generation that is missing because of abortion, pressing the fact that equal rights, the right to life, belongs to the unborn, too. Acknowledging that all are gifts from God, and therefore are not burdens. Using our freedom of speech to stand up against this modern world, which frowns upon pregnant women, using our words of comfort, strengthen to reassure them. Being pro-life is more than just saying so. It is standing up for your beliefs and taking a stand against the injustice of this world, setting our eyes on heaven, and doing the most good for those who need it.
I am pro-life because I believe in equality. I believe all life is equal. From conception to natural death, all life is special. God has a plan for everyone and everything. It is not up to us to decide that because of their stage in life, there is no need or purpose or plan for the unborn. Selfishly choosing to kill them because of this is wrong, and I will not stand by and watch it happen. I am pro-life to bring an end to this. Depending on their family, friends, and caregivers does not mean the elderly are unable to do anything. Our selfishness is no reason to end their lives. They can give us knowledge and advice on those obstacles in life when we may think there is no one to help. Most likely they have been there before, and we can learn a lot from their triumphs and mistakes.
I am pro-life because I believe a life is a gift from God. I believe that pregnant women and unborn children are priceless in God’s eyes, and shouldn’t be any less in ours. I believe all life is in, and from, God’s hand, and that He is in complete control of when someone’s life ends. I believe that we have no authority, whatsoever, in this matter. It isn’t up to us to pick and choose who lives and who dies. It is not our place to decide that the unborn are “worthless,” and therefore have not place on earth. If they had no place on earth, God would not give them to us. They are not “worthless,” for God has a plan for each and every one of us, and mercilessly killing the unborn is not part of that plan.
I am pro-life because, as it has been defined, pro-life is “The radical idea that the elderly and the unborn are people, too.” I believe, and will stand up and fight for, this truth to be realized by all.