When people hear the words “Pro-Life,” it can mean different things. For some, it carries a negative connotation, describing someone they see as impeding in the business of others, overstepping the line and not allowing a woman to make her own choices. Others see it as positive, knowing that because of this, lives will be saved and women will know that both she and her child are supported and cared for. Then there are others who refuse to take sides, which to me seems asinine, because in reality, we all know we choose sides on any given topic.
I want to be straightforward in saying that I believe that life starts at conception. I am pro-life, and believe in the many options other than to end the life of the child, such as adoption. I also understand that this is highly controversial. As you can probably tell by the title of this piece, I want to explain why a nineteen-year-old college student would see value in a human life that is just in its most vulnerable stage.
Starting with a more obvious part of the argument, the right to life is one given by two of the founding documents of this nation. Starting with the Declaration of Independence, it was decided that “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” would be indispensable rights in our country. On just the surface level, you cannot have the latter two without the first. Life was seen as a basic freedom, something that should not even really be questioned in the grand scheme of the world because they knew, and I believe, that it is a God given right, not a human one. Life is precious and the very foundation for all this nation is built upon.
Secondly, and quite possibly a document more relevant to our country today, the Constitution, expresses an indirect regard for human life in Article Fourteen, but Marco Rubio also puts it this way:
“What I have advocated is that we pass law in this country that says all human life at every stage of its development is worthy of protection. In fact, I think that law already exists. It is called the Constitution of the United States. And let me go further. I believe that every single human being is entitled to the protection of our laws, whether they can vote or not. Whether they can speak or not. Whether they can hire a lawyer or not. Whether they have a birth certificate or not. And I think future generations will look back at this history of our country and call us barbarians for murdering millions of babies who we never gave them a chance to live.”
While there is no direct statement condemning abortion, Article fourteen comes awfully close in my opinion. Section one of the article, ends with, “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Equal protection under the law “requires that the state guarantees the privileges, and protections to all citizens.” So basically, life is protected under Equal protection unless it is determined through due process of law otherwise. The lives murdered through abortion are without a basic freedom guaranteed by one of the founding documents of this country. They are not given a trial; they are not even given the title of living at this point. Those fundamental rights should be extended to the life growing in the mother’s womb. Since I believe life starts at conception, it becomes a priority to protect that life just as any other would be.
As not only a young conservative in 2016, but as a person in general, I strongly believe in personal responsibility. In life, we are all presented with a multitude of different choices and we must accept the consequences that can come along with them. Although I respect opinions that I do not agree with, I believe that there is a certain air of responsibility we must accept when we chose to have sexual relationships. This idea comes under fire quickly, since in some cases like rape or incest, there was no mutual choice, which I understand. But as someone who is pro-life, I still see the life as valuable. In these situations, I am a strong advocate of adoption and believe resources should be made available to the mother to help her through this traumatic experience. Because rape and incest should never, in any circumstance, be taken lightly.
Finally, the last factor into why I believe that every life is important, is the biggest. As a Christian, I see life as God given and in His image. And while the Bible does not speak specifically to abortion, it does talk about the importance of life that we were given by God. I believe that God is in control, and we, as humans, should not be playing God by determining when death occurs. By taking this action into our own hands, we are determining life and death based on the morals and cultures of a fallen society and flawed logic.
*Submitted by Bailey L*