Letter to a Teenage Girl March 15, 2004
Dear (Name of a teenage girl withheld)
Thank you for contacting me.
Yes, I am “Pro-Life.” That means I believe in the protection of God’s precious Gift of Life from the moment of conception until natural death.
Most of us would never even think of deliberately destroying a birthday gift or a Christmas gift then call our behavior “pro-choice,” yet some people destroy the gift of a baby in the womb and call it “pro-choice.” It’s quite legal to destroy both birthday gifts and Christmas gifts, but that would be a terrible insult to the gift giver. In the same way, I believe destroying a Gift from God, is an insult to God. Just because something is “legal” and the “law of the land,” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s morally right.
Think about the old days when it was legal to segregate black Americans from white Americans, and black kids couldn’t even go to the same school as white kids, or eat in the same restaurant, or have fun at the same beach. Segregation was also “legal” and the “law of the land” but it was also an insult to God because God created all of us, regardless of color, or religion, or ability, or anything else. Finally, Americans stood up for what was right, and finally the court ended racial segregation. I hope that someday soon, all Americans will stand up to end abortion, and the court will make it possible to end abortion.
You asked what you could do personally to end abortion. That’s a good question. First of all, when someone asks you the question, never be afraid to give your Pro-Life answer. All of us want to be popular, and to “get-along,” and to have people like us (especially politicians like me) – but it’s much more important for all of us to get-along with our conscience. There’s a lot of “peer pressure” (I’ve certainly experienced it here in my job in the legislature) to “go-along-to-get-along,” but try to muster the courage to stand up and be counted for what you know in your conscience to be right. Believe me, standing up for what you know is right isn’t easy – but if things were easy, everyone would do it! Remember, we are responsible for our actions - but God is responsible for the results.
Someday, you may want to consider running for election. Then you’ll have more than one opportunity to vote for what you know is right. Study hard, and learn everything you can about this wonderful America and Alaska you are privileged to live in. We have problems like abortion, and other bad things that need to be fixed, but here in America “we the people” have the freedom – if we have the will - to make things better – too many other places in the world don’t.