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  • Writer's pictureAmy Schlichter

Announcing Essay Contest Winners!

Dear Friend,

I’m happy to announce the winners of the Hoosiers for Life Student Essay Contest! What a great encouragement to hear from young people across the state who stand strong for their pre-born neighbors.

Our panel of judges enjoyed reading these essays so much, I decided to share parts with you, instead of just listing the winners.

Middle school runner up, Annalese Schrank, 7th grade, recognizes the value of human life:

It is important to protect all human lives at the moment of conception because all life matters the very single moment it is conceived. Plus that child is being fearfully and wonderfully made by God as it’s being knit together over 9 months long.

A baby in the womb is a person just like you and me, not a clump of cells. That baby is being made by God no matter what stage it’s in. We have to end abortion in our country because so many babies die each and every day.

Our high school runner up, Janelle Van Vuren, 10th grade, makes a case against aborting children with Down Syndrome, highlighting the choice the child would make:

Down Syndrome children thoroughly believe their life is worth living. As soon as we are willing to realize this, more unborn Down Syndrome babies will be rescued from the cruelty of having their precious lives unjustly crushed. Despite the innumerable contemptuous labels bestowed upon children with Down Syndrome, they are waiting to step out from beneath the shadows and make their extraordinary impact on the world.

Middle school first place winner, Amelia Sweet, 8th grade, points out the murder loophole in Indiana law:

It is a baby in the womb and it is legal to kill the baby, but it against the law to murder someone who is already born.

And first place for high school, Hally Sweet, 10th grade, acknowledges the humanity of unborn babies at all stages of development:

In Indiana they allow abortions during the first trimester, and after that a woman can still have an abortion with special permission. Most of the abortions in Indiana occur in the first trimester. The first trimester is the first three months! … by then, the baby has formed eyes, ears, and a respiratory system. It has begun sucking its thumb, the physician can now

hear its heartbeat…

We all go through stages of life. We get older, our hair starts to grey, and our skin begins to wrinkle. It’s all a part of life, and at the moment of conception, that’s when it all begins. Just because the baby hasn’t been born yet, doesn’t mean it’s not human. It’s just going through a stage of life.

These kids get it!

You can read the winning essays in their entirety here and here.

Planned Parenthood and their allies would like you to believe abortion is a necessary “medical procedure” that must be kept safe and legal, and they will push the limits to indoctrinate our children with a pro-abort mindset.

I am encouraged to see pro-life families fighting back.

We know legalized child killing is unjust, unconstitutional, and never safe. After all, abortion always ends with at least one dead person.

If you haven’t had a chance to sign your Protection of Life Petition, please do so right here to let elected officials in Indiana know you support protecting ALL unborn babies at the moment of conception.

Thank you to all of our young writers! And thank you to their parents for raising young people who know it is never ok to kill an unborn baby.


Amy Schlichter

Executive Director

Hoosiers for Life

P.S. Our essay contest winners have been announced, and you can read the first place essays here and here.

Make sure you’ve signed your Protection of Life Petition showing your support for ending abortion in Indiana.

After that, I hope you’ll consider chipping in $15 or $10 to help me fight to protect ALL Hoosier babies from abortion.

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