Be a voice for the innocent
By John Wenske - Guest Column
April 17, 2017 at 3:36 p.m.
Updated April 16, 2017 at 11 p.m.
Every year, 1.3 million innocent human beings in the United States are killed; that's about 3,000 a day. These unfortunate babies cannot beg their mother or the doctor not to slaughter them. They can't go to court and testify that being conceived by rape is not their fault, and they should not be unjustly killed for something that they had no control over. This is why I am pro-life, and according to a recent CNN poll, more than 50 percent of Americans are, also. I and the rest of these great people are the voices for these silent ones.
Several years ago, I was at the capital in Austin, along with some friends, in support of HB2 that would make it harder to have an abortion in Texas. Senator Wendy Davis was one of the major opponents of the Pro-Life Bill. In fact, she led an unsuccessful filibuster against the bill. Then Davis and a pro-choice advocate walked out of an elevator in the Capitol and said that having an abortion was one the best choices that she had ever made. She said it with a smile and then strolled right along. Even though I was still quite young, it struck a chord with me as to how it seemed to satisfy her to take an innocent individual's life. I took a huge step into the real world.
That moment galvanized me to be a louder voice for the pro-life movement. Although I was still an adolescent, I signed in support of the bill on an electronic device, along with my friends and family. Even though it was a small step for me, I felt like I had made a major impact on the bill, along with the thousands of others who signed in support of it.
Since that day, I have had a drive to increase my knowledge on pro-life facts and logic when I get into sometimes heated discussions on this issue with family and friends at school. Many of them say that it is the mother's body and she can do with it whatever she wants to. But I voice the fact that at the moment of conception, the embryo is a separate human being with its very own unique set of DNA - different from its mother's DNA.
Although I am only 15, I believe that I can be one of the most consistent voices for the pro-life movement among other young people.
John Wenske earned third place in the Texas Right to Life essay contest in January. He competed against other seventh- to ninth-graders in Texas and won $175. He plans to use the money for college. John is a freshman at Moulton High School and is the son of Mary Ann and Pat Wenske.