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The following essay was written for the National Right to Life Pro-Life Essay Contest by Anna Maria Divozzo of Ada, Michigan. Anna Maria won first place at the junior level (grades 7-9).

Soul or Cell

"I call Heaven and earth to witness this day,
That I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing:
Choose therefore Life"

(Deut. 30:19)

Women are sanctuaries of human life. We bear the most amazing privilege of having life formed within our bodies. What a glorious gift from God, what a wonderful sanctity He has bestowed upon women. Women have the great responsibility, that most wonderful privilege, of bringing life into the world.

Pro-abortionists argue that the fetus is not yet a human life. But this has been scientifically proven to be wrong. Doctors are not just blotting out a live cell when they perform an abortion, they are quenching the fire of a new life and they know it.

Women know this too. As soon as she can feel the movement of human life within her, she knows. And how could she not know? Life within life; it is most wonderful. There must surely be a bond between the woman and the tiny human life she carries within her for nine long months--a bond that blooms into a mother's love for her child, if only it were given the chance.

And after that, after sustaining this baby's life with her own, she heartlessly and for her own convenience, snuffs out that life that had barely begun without every giving it a chance.

Our very own Declaration of Independence states that: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…"

There, our very own Declaration of Independence states that every human being has the right to life. And now that it is a scientific fact that the fetus is a human being, that means that he too has the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. So perfect is the argument that it almost seems that our fore-fathers wrote it in defense of the unborn.

Abortion may or may not be against the Constitution, but it is against the American spirit. With the knowledge that an unborn child is, without a doubt, a human being, we cruelly deny him the rights that Americans have fought and died for for the past two centuries. We fought a war for our freedom, we fought a war for the freedom of slaves, wars for the freedom of other countries. Freedom is our cornerstone, freedom is America in a nutshell, freedom and the unalienable rights of man Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

"All men are created equal," all men, born or unborn. We must protect the rights that the unborn deserve, the rights that can't be denied them. We must give them the chance to become good American citizens who may become great people and do great things for their country. And it all starts with that little decision of letting them live.

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