Yes, I Am A Millennial Girl, And Yes, I Am Pro-Life

Yes, I Am A Millennial Girl, And Yes, I Am Pro-Life

Being Pro-Life is so much more than being against abortions.

Let me start out with a simple sentence guaranteed to make small minded individuals click away and spew hate comments on my article:

I am a female millennial and I am Pro-Life.

Now that that's out of the way, hello to whoever stayed, and thank you for hearing out a different opinion.
Yes, you did read that right. I am in my early 20's and not Pro-Choice. When most people my age hear "pro-life", the first thing that comes into their heads is crazy bible thumpers screeching about going to hell if you have an abortion. Being Pro-Life is so much more than that, and typically more respectful than that. It's true that the never-ending abortion debate is high on the agenda, but it isn't the only thing.

Against what you may think, being Pro-Life is actually a way of being Pro-Woman. It may be easy to assume that Pro-Lifers want to limit choices and "control a woman's body", but that couldn't be farther from the truth. The main mission of the Pro-Life community is to give unborn human beings the right to life. This also opens up another debate, that fetus' are not people but rather a clump of cells. This is true and false at the same time. While a fetus may not be an actual "person" yet, it is much more than a clump of cells. The heartbeat of a human fetus actually starts beating after 3 weeks, or 1 day after fertilization. A heartbeat, just like you and I have, and so many people are open to stopping that new heartbeat.

Off of the abortion topic, the Pro-Life community also advocates for those who have already been born. In a quote from, "the pro-life movement is deeply rooted in the fundamental belief that all life, no matter how small or poor or unwanted, is worth protecting. "This includes caring for children in foster homes, as the American foster care system is not the greatest experience. Being Pro-Life is helping those with special needs and helping able families adopt orphaned children. To go beyond children, being Pro-Life is helping the homeless, refugees from war zoned countries and to help assist the overall human race. To say that Pro-Lifers hate giving women a choice is about as accurate as saying Pro-Choicers hate babies and love killing babies: not accurate at all.

The main reason I write this article is that I have faced countless debates both in person and online about why I am Pro-Life. I have been called any and every name under the sun and still continue to stick tried and true to my beliefs. I am a product of adoption. I don't know a lot about my birth parents, but I can say with certainty that they didn't want a child when they had me. I was adopted 2 days after being born and was raised knowing that my parents I call Mom and Dad have no blood relation to me. I've always been very open with the fact that I am adopted and actually did my first school presentation about some of the gruesome abortion procedures when I was 12 years old. Being an adopted child is part of my identity, but the thought that I could have been very easily aborted is always at the back of my mind. Because of my history and identity, I am a complete advocate for choosing life. I will not apologize for that and I will never be ashamed of that. I am thankful for the life I have been given, no matter how difficult it may be at times. My heart breaks to think of how many lives have been taken during abortion procedures.

Believe it or not, a lot of Pro-Lifers aren't here to berate you on your opinions. Many of them, including myself, enjoy discussing our beliefs and the beliefs of someone who feels the opposite. Many Pro-Lifers won't shove their opinions down your throat, but will only want to educate you on an opposing viewpoint than your own. The main purpose many Pro-Life members have is to raise awareness on the reality of an unborn fetus and show a less popular way of seeing things. Respect is given when respect is reciprocated.

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Dear Senator Walsh, I Can't Wait For The Day That A Nurse Saves Your Life

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.


Dear Senator Walsh,

I can't even fathom how many letters you've read like this in the past 72 hours. You've insulted one of the largest, strongest and most emotion-filled professions.. you're bound to get a lot of feedback. And as nurses, we're taught that when something makes us mad, to let that anger fuel us to make a difference and that's what we're doing.

I am not even a nurse. I'm just a nursing student. I have been around and I've seen my fair share of sore legs and clinical days where you don't even use the bathroom, but I am still not even a nurse yet. Three years in, though, and I feel as if I've given my entire life and heart to this profession. My heart absolutely breaks for the men and women who are real nurses as they had to wake up the next morning after hearing your comments, put on their scrubs and prepare for a 12-hour day (during which I promise you, they didn't play one card game).

I have spent the last three years of my life surrounded by nurses. I'm around them more than I'm around my own family, seriously. I have watched nurses pass more medications than you probably know exist. They know the side effects, dosages and complications like the back of their hand. I have watched them weep at the bedside of dying patients and cry as they deliver new lives into this world. I have watched them hang IV's, give bed baths, and spoon-feed patients who can't do it themselves. I've watched them find mistakes of doctors and literally save patient's lives. I have watched them run, and teach, and smile, and hug and care... oh boy, have I seen the compassion that exudes from every nurse that I've encountered. I've watched them during their long shifts. I've seen them forfeit their own breaks and lunches. I've seen them break and wonder what it's all for... but I've also seen them around their patients and remember why they do what they do. You know what I've never once seen them do? Play cards.

The best thing about our profession, Senator, is that we are forgiving. The internet might be blown up with pictures mocking your comments, but at the end of the day, we still would treat you with the same respect that we would give to anyone. That's what makes our profession so amazing. We would drop anything, for anyone, anytime, no matter what.

You did insult us. It does hurt to hear those comments because from the first day of nursing school we are reminded how the world has zero idea what we do every day. We get insulted and disrespected and little recognition for everything we do sometimes. But you know what? We still do it.

When it's your time, Senator, I promise that the nurse taking care of you will remember your comments. They'll remember the way they felt the day you publicly said that nurses "probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day." The jokes will stop and it'll eventually die down, but we will still remember.

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.

Please just remember that we cannot properly take care of people if we aren't even taken care of ourselves.

I sincerely pray that someday you learn all that nurses do and please know that during our breaks, we are chugging coffee, eating some sort of lunch, and re-tying our shoes... not playing cards.

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Dear Nancy Pelosi, 16-Year-Olds Should Not Be Able To Vote

Because I'm sure every sixteen year old wants to be rushing to the voting booth on their birthday instead of the BMV, anyways.


Recent politicians such as Nancy Pelosi have put the voting age on the political agenda in the past few weeks. In doing so, some are advocating for the voting age in the United States to be lowered from eighteen to sixteen- Here's why it is ludicrous.

According to a study done by "Circle" regarding voter turnout in the 2018 midterms, 31% of eligible people between the ages of 18 and 29 voted. Thus, nowhere near half of the eligible voters between 18 and 29 actually voted. To anyone who thinks the voting age should be lowered to sixteen, in relevance to the data, it is pointless. If the combination of people who can vote from the legal voting age of eighteen to eleven years later is solely 31%, it is doubtful that many sixteen-year-olds would exercise their right to vote. To go through such a tedious process of amending the Constitution to change the voting age by two years when the evidence doesn't support that many sixteen-year-olds would make use of the new change (assuming it would pass) to vote is idiotic.

The argument can be made that if someone can operate heavy machinery (I.e. drive a car) at sixteen, they should be able to vote. Just because a sixteen-year-old can (in most places) now drive a car and work at a job, does not mean that they should be able to vote. At the age of sixteen, many students have not had fundamental classes such as government or economics to fully understand the political world. Sadly, going into these classes there are students that had mere knowledge of simple political knowledge such as the number of branches of government. Well, there are people above the age of eighteen who are uneducated but they can still vote, so what does it matter if sixteen-year-olds don't know everything about politics and still vote? At least they're voting. Although this is true, it's highly doubtful that someone who is past the age of eighteen, is uninformed about politics, and has to work on election day will care that much to make it to the booths. In contrast, sixteen-year-olds may be excited since it's the first time they can vote, and likely don't have too much of a tight schedule on election day, so they still may vote. The United States does not need people to vote if their votes are going to be uneducated.

But there are some sixteen-year-olds who are educated on issues and want to vote, so that's unfair to them. Well, there are other ways to participate in government besides voting. If a sixteen-year-old feels passionate about something on the political agenda but can't vote, there are other ways of getting involved. They can canvas for politicians whom they agree with, or become active in the notorious "Get Out The Vote" campaign to increase registered voter participation or help register those who already aren't. Best yet, they can politically socialize their peers with political information so that when the time comes for all of them to be eighteen and vote, more eighteen-year-olds will be educated and likely to vote.

If you're a sixteen-year-old and feel hopeless, you're not. As the 2016 election cycle approached, I was seventeen and felt useless because I had no vote. Although voting is arguably one of the easiest ways to participate in politics, it's not the only one. Since the majority of the current young adult population don't exercise their right to vote, helping inform them of how to stay informed and why voting is important, in my eyes is as essential as voting.

Sorry, Speaker Pelosi and all the others who think the voting age should be lowered. I'd rather not have to pay a plethora of taxes in my later years because in 2020 sixteen-year-olds act like sheep and blindly vote for people like Bernie Sanders who support the free college.

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