Making the case for being pro-life

By Catherine Wenske - Guest Column
April 17, 2017 at 3:36 p.m.
Updated April 16, 2017 at 11 p.m.

John and Catherine Wenske

John and Catherine Wenske   Contributed Photo for The Victoria Advocate

"Being pro-life means everything to me. If my parents had chosen to abort me, I wouldn't be here trying to explain to you why I'm pro-life," I explained to my teacher.

"I think women should have the choice to do what they want with their bodies," responded Mrs. X.

"I believe that any human being should have the choice to live his life, even when he is still in his mother's womb, don't you agree? It's very unhuman-like to choose death for an innocent person, isn't it?" I replied.

Mrs. X. gave me a blank stare, as I tried to give her my opinion on why I choose life.

First of all, killing an innocent person is a grave injustice. For when babies are forming and their spine can fully flex, that means their nervous system can work. That means they can feel pain. However, I wouldn't even abort a baby when he couldn't even feel pain. It's inhumane to use violent contact or kill a living innocent human, and I'm not for inflicting pain on anyone. But, some people say, specifically my teacher, "It doesn't have a heart that beats, and it doesn't have a nervous system fully functional, so that's what makes it OK to have an abortion at an early stage." However, according to the Mayo Clinic, a baby's heart is fully formed 21 days after conception and starts pumping blood at 28 days after conception. I believe that all babies should be given the consent to live when they are conceived. You are killing a human being; it's like shooting and killing a man who is walking by your house that you fairly dislike. I don't approve of people choosing when other innocent humans should experience death, especially your own child.

Secondly, I'm pro-life because an abortion puts a mother's life at risk as well. Many complications can form throughout the procedure, such as a perforated uterus or a serious infection. Also, women can regret having the abortion, become depressed and have the thought of not being accompanied by her child. Additionally, according to the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, abortion also results in more breast cancer cases, which is very sad. Also, this dangerous deed can affect someone's marriage. The husband may not approve, or he might insist that his wife do this horrible act. I do not want to see the death of anyone, but with the abortion, the mother is also wounded, which makes the case worse for me.

"All in all, I'm pro-life because it's a grave injustice and risky for the mother," I continued to explain to Mrs. X. Classroom discussions pop up from time to time, but I was glad to be informed about why abortion is not acceptable. They will never ever change my opinion on why I am pro-life.

Catherine Wenske, a 7th grader at Moulton High School, recently captured second place with the Texas Right to Life Pro-Life essay contest. She competed against other seventh- to ninth-graders across the state and garnered a $300 prize that she will use for college. She is the daughter of Mary Ann and Patrick Wenske, of Moulton.



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