I am pro-life, because I believe that human life begins at conception; that all people are of immeasurable value in the eyes of God; and because the right to life is fundamental and unalienable: without the right to life there can be no other rights.

At the moment of conception, a unique and distinct human being is created in her mother’s womb. She has unique DNA from her mother; her hair color, eye color, and many personality traits are determined. A lot of people believe that life begins somewhere in between conception and birth, but they are just confusing themselves with terms like “fetus” and “zygote.” These terms are no different than toddler or teenager; they refer to stages of human development. Toddlers possess the same dignity as teenagers just as fetuses and zygotes possess the same dignity as any other human. Still others argue that life doesn’t begin until birth, but if that’s true, then why is there a heartbeat 18 days from conception? It’s not that life has not begun before birth but that people don’t want to recognize the rights of the unborn.

I believe that all people are of immeasurable value in the eyes of God: “For before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you” (Jeremiah 1:5). There is so much possibility  in the unborn child: she could discover the cure for cancer, design a rocket to Mars, or live a simple life. Jeremiah reminds of that God has a plan for each of us even before we were born; that each of us is a part of God’s plan. It doesn’t matter if they have a huge impact on society or not, they are human and that’s a good enough reason for them to live.

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Finally, I believe that life is a fundamental right that inheres in all human beings, and that without that right no others can be claimed. The right to life cannot be given to a person by another person; it is simply part of being human. Therefore, any act that denies a human of their right to life is unjust and should be resisted. Usually when people talk about protecting rights, they’re referring to women’s rights or the rights of immigrants, but what about the rights of the unborn child? Do those rights not matter anymore? Shouldn’t the right to be life be protected first?

That is why I am pro-life, because I believe that human life begins at conception; because I believe that all people have immeasurable value in the eyes of God; and because I believe that it is my job to protect the fundamental rights of all people.

LifeNews Note: Francesca Rose is the winner of the Junior Division of the National Right to Life essay contest. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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