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Because of My Sister, I Support the Defunding of Planned Parenthood

Because of this little girl, I support the defunding of Planned Parenthood.

Abortions are 94 percent of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services. If you ask me, the government should not fund a nonprofit organization at all, but certainly not one that is killing off the future generation of the United States. The concept of ending a human life because it is still in its mother’s womb is as silly as saying a person underwater can be killed because they are not in that very moment breathing oxygen. A life is a life no matter its location, whether it be inside or outside of the mother’s womb. A fetus is far more than a “cluster of cells,” as those on the other side of the issue so coldly phrase it. What they fail to realize is that all living things can be placed in the generic ‘cluster of cells’ category. Both you and I can technically be classified as a cluster of cells, because we, in essence, are. This phrase is nothing more than a tactic used by those who support abortion to legitimize the moral question of abortion for their own convenience and conscience.

They fool no one. Science, that discipline often touted prematurely by the political left, confirms the humanity of the fetus. We all took biology in high school and know that fertilization, or conception, is the beginning of life. Yes, human life. What happens at fertilization, you ask? Well, 23 chromosomes from mom meet 23 chromosomes from dad, and the most amazing development on earth begins its nine-month process to prepare the baby for self-sustaining life. At week four, the baby is already 10,000 times larger than at conception. Brain waves are detectable along with the beginnings of arms and legs. Hands and eyes become visible in week four. On the 22nd day, the heart is already beating, and the child’s blood type is formed, which even may be a different type than the mother’s.

Why is a fetus called a cluster of cells if it’s most convenient to abort, but if a pregnant woman is killed her murderer is charged with a double-homicide? There’s a pretty clear answer here: convenience. Raising a child is tough, time-consuming, and a huge financial investment. However, just because you might not be in the place where you can raise a child does not give you an excuse to take the child’s right to live away in the name of your heightened quality of life.

Six years ago, my family had the privilege of adopting my little sister from China. She was special needs because she had a physical deformity called cleft palate and lip. Thanks to modern medicine, doctors corrected the condition that gave her severe third-degree bilateral cleft lip and palate, but we loved her regardless of her condition. My sister was born during China’s one-child policy. Due to the nature of this law which limited families to only one child, abortion was a very common practice. Had my sister’s birth parents discovered her birth defect before she was born, there is a high probability that she would not be with us today. I say this because Chinese families wanted the only child they were allowed to keep to be “perfect,” especially since such a medical condition would be so costly. Thankfully, she was born and given a chance at life.

Abortion not only terminates the life of a future child, but it takes away the blessing of that child from another family. My family is completely changed for the better because of my sister. It is not uncommon to hear one of us say, “I can’t even remember life without her, and I don’t want to.” The sanctity of life is evident in my sister. Because of my sister, I cannot stand the thought of abortion. Because of my sister, I support the defunding of Planned Parenthood.

Erin Cooke is a Junior studying political science. She is chapter leader of the UGA chapter of Turning Point USA and a new contributor to The Arch Conservative.


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