Madison L. Utah

The Slaughter of Innocence

If life does begin at conception, abortion is akin to murder. Murder is the act of taking human life. In every abortion an innocent human life is being taken.

The Slaughter of Innocence

Dear Mr./Madam President,

As we know, abortion is one of the most sensitive and controversial topics across the nation and has been for years. According to a study in 2015, it is a fact that 50% of Americans identify themselves as pro-choice, whereas only 44% identify as pro-life. Pro-life supporters typically believe that life begins at conception. This is often arguable, but according to many scientific studies, this is proven to be true. In the book, Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology, by Keith L. Moore, it clearly states that “the zygote and early embryo are living organisms.” In the case of a political argument, this can cause controversy, but in a scientific matter, there should be no doubt in when human life begins. It is of my strong opinion that human life begins at fertilization based on the facts. Nevertheless, if life does begin at conception, abortion is akin to murder. Murder is the act of taking human life. In every abortion an innocent human life is being taken.

Fortunately, I do not have first hand experience with this topic, but I am a teenage girl and even though I may not be a mother yet, I take motherhood very seriously. Abortion and the lack of support society gives to women, restricts a mother of her chance to be one. Often it is an extremely rare case when abortion is required to save the mother’s life. Since every abortion kills an innocent human being, it is disturbing to use the cases when abortion is vital to save the life of the mother as identification for the majority of "convenience" abortions. Usually when a woman makes the decision to obtain an abortion it is very personal. According, to some of the most common reasons for an abortion are are the “mothers incapability to support or care for the child, to end an unwanted pregnancy, or to prevent the birth of a child with birth defects or severe medical problems.” No matter what the reason, taking someone’s life has always been seen as immoral. I strongly support that everyone has a purpose in this world, and to take that away from someone with no input from them is a truly terrifying thing to think about. “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

Additionally, when a woman decides to receive an abortion what she doesn’t think about is how the baby feels, and honestly who would? Yet according to the facts at, “Beginning at the 8th week of development, an unborn baby that is aborted feels pain during the abortion. The baby feels both psychological and real physical, organic pain.” Just let that soak in. Abortion is also more dangerous to the mother than if she were to give birth to the child. Not only does aborting a child hurt the child, but it also causes side effects to the mother herself, some severe. The site,, goes into detail about such side effects. For example, heavy or persistent bleeding, infection, damage to the cervix, scarring of the uterine lining, perforation of the uterus, damage to other organs, or in severe cases, death.

On the other hand, I do understand in some cases why someone would not want to keep their child, whether it be, not being able to support the child or a child conceived through rape. In some circumstances it is almost unbearable for a mother to keep her child, but I don’t believe that abortion is the answer. Adoption allows the birth mother to choose a family who will raise her child and care for her baby directly. Also, if there is a reason a mother would want to see her child afterward, it can be arranged. As you can see, there are many benefits unto which adoption can be the better option.

In conclusion, I believe that with moving forward as a nation together, it should be vital to vote someone who is pro-life. It is understood that you, the president, individually do not have the power to think for others, and you simply cannot change their minds, but as president, you do have the power and responsibility to make sure everyone is heard. It is of my great belief that the taking of a human life should be viewed as immoral no matter what. 

Spanish Fork High School

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