My name is Rachel and I’m a high school student who is passionate about protecting human life. A part of me has always wanted to get actively involved in the pro life community instead of silently opposing abortion from the comfort of my home. I naturally have more of a quiet, reserved personality, which leads to me keeping my opinions and ideas to myself, especially in a world where my views are deemed controversial. It has taken me some years to realize that avoiding conflict will never lead to a difference of saving human lives. As much as I want abortion to be unthinkable in my community, things aren’t guaranteed to change unless I push myself out of my comfort zone to challenge the circulated ideas I oppose. As I step into the foreign world of activism, I hope to improve the circumstances for pregnant women considering abortion to the best of my abillity so they’re more likely to choose life. I would like the following generations to meet and love the valuable human lives that could have ended early on in the womb. Throughout the process of advocating for change, I also hope my confidence in my ideas continue to grow. I’ve made quite a lot of progress compared to how I held back from voicing my opinions a couple years back, but there’s always room for growth and improvement.
I’m passionate in my pro life views not just because I value the lives of unborn babies, but also the emotional well being of the expecting mother. It pains me to know that the women in our society are being told that abortion is their only option for a successful future. The narrative of success only being attainable if your circumstances are ideal is not only untrue, but destructive. This narrative hits home for me, as it was pushed onto my immigrant family members. Women in my family, including my mother, were told they couldn’t be successful here in America because of their financial circumstances. Despite the discouragement, they proved this idea wrong as they went onto being successful in this country; landing jobs, even graduating with a PhD. Unfortunately, many women are fed this same narrative when a less than ideal circumstance arises, whether it involves a risky move of immigrating to a new country or an unwanted pregnancy. Instead, I hope to offer women encouragement and realistic, healthy alternatives to abortion that lead to a better outcome for mother and baby. Advocating for relief such as financial aid and counseling for these women can reduce the number of overall abortions, and the trauma that follows such an invasive procedure.
I’m eager to begin actively making a difference in my community already, and volunteering at Greater Columbus Right to Life is an exciting step in the right direction. Unborn babies are currently being dehumanized, and I’ll do whatever I can to give them the rights they deserve. Since they are incapable of speaking up for themselves, the responsibility falls on my uprising generation. I desire to evoke courage in other teenagers like me so they feel comfortable to speak up on this injustice.