My name is Ella McRoberts, I’m 15 years old, and I am pro-life.
Allow me to me start off by saying yes, the pro-life generation is experiencing an uprise in the millennial demographic; but at age 15, I am not quite a millennial. I am not similar to most other high schoolers, but I still play on the golf team, attend Friday night football games, I stay up way too late studying for tests. The outlying aspect about me, though, is I’ve always had a passion for conservative values. Protecting the preborn is something I have gained a fiery motivation for in the past few years. As part of Generation Z, I believe we can collaborate with millenials to defund Planned Parenthood and overturn Roe v. Wade.
Here are 5 reasons why I am pro-life at age 15.
1. Everyone deserves the right to live, grow, and learn.
In a civilized society, murder is morally wrong — not to mention illegal. With this established, why can murdering a child in the womb not fall under that moral umbrella? Fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks, and so can we. So far in 2018, over sixteen million babies have been aborted around the world. If these numbers continue to increase, imagine how much potential for future generations we could lose.
2. Abortion is dangerous to women’s physical health.
Regarding anatomical consequences of an abortion, women commonly experience nausea, cramping, and abdominal pain. On a higher scale, women have encountered infection, cervix damage, tissue scarring, and damage to other organs. The risk of the devlopment of breast cancer has also show to increase among women who choose abortion, 13 studies have shown.
3. Abortion does not empower women.
In the dawn of Third Wave feminism, the majority of feminists are pro-abortion because they perceive it as “empowering to women”… but is it? Flashback to First Wave feminism, when women were empowered to raise children and be treated equally within it. Abortion tells women they cannot continue through pregnancy and become a mother because they are weak and incapable. How is that empowering for women? Answer: It isn’t.
4. Millions suffer from infertility.
Approximately 6 million women in the US suffer from infertility. In 2014, about 650,000 abortions were conducted in the US. Think about that: every aborted child could be in the loving arms of a family who is struggling with infertility. Instead, these innocent children are being sent to heaven with no life to live, and no difference to make. A benefit of adoption is the birth mother could choose the household her child could grow up and develop in. Depending on the circumstances, she could also check in on her child periodically.
5. Abortion causes stress and psychological damage
Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS) is the name given to the psychological tension a woman is often subjected to after receiving an abortion, similar to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Symptoms of PASS include, stress, anxiety, flashbacks, numbness, and depression — similar symptoms to PTSD. These feelings can get complex, leading to a woman receiving counseling.
I will not let my age come between me and my mission to unite all generations in saving the preborn. I invite you to join the prolife generations in saving the preborn, defunding Planned Parenthood, and overturning Roe v. Wade.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Human Defense Initiative.
Ella is a 15-year-old conservative who has a passion for the unborn. She contributes to the Human Defense Initiative, Lone Conservative and also operates her YAL Chapter's social media accounts.