We all have different reasons why we’re pro-life. For some of us, it’s a religious conviction. For others, a moral conviction. And for many, it goes way beyond that. We’re pro-life because we’ve seen the damage abortion has caused or experienced it personally. I spoke with 14 different women about why they’re pro-life. These are the reasons and stories they shared: 

Gwendolyn, 28, Virginia

It’s fairly simple for me: everyone deserves a chance at life. I can understand when children are born into difficult circumstances that difficult decisions often have to be made, but there’s just no way to justify ending the life of someone who never had a chance to live. There are avenues to take to give a child a better chance at life if parents aren’t able to provide that. But we’ve seen people overcome tremendous circumstances to become great. How can we deny anyone that chance? For me, that’s what it’s all about. We all deserve that chance. Pro-life all the way.

Joanna, 21, Colorado

I believe that all life is precious. My parent’s first baby was stillborn and after that, they decided they wanted to have as many children as God would give them. We have 13 children in our family now! My uncle also has Down syndrome and my grandparents were advised to abort him. (They obviously ignored the doctors) Because of all of this, my family is very pro-life. 

Emma, 22, Texas

I am pro-life because not being pro-life does not make sense to me. It is funny how often people leaning on the right like me are critiqued for not “following the science” by the same people who think that a baby five days away from birth isn’t yet a human being. I believe that people should have responsibility for their actions, and I don’t understand why humans are suddenly exempt from the biological result of reproduction when reproduction is tasked to result in pregnancy. Moreover, I am a believer in Christ and I do not think that infanticide is something that He would condone. 

Jamie, 39, Arizona

I am a Mama to two beautiful angels that I was unable to carry full term. I am also a Mama to three beautiful children who I have adopted and raised. I was raised in a Christian home and I never knew about abortion. As I entered middle school and high school, Planned Parenthood was in our schools. If you needed help they were there for you. As a young woman entering college with no insurance and in need of my annual visit, I went to PP. I was prescribed birth control that is believed to have fueled my infertility issues that would not be known for several years.  I’m pro-life because everyone deserves an opportunity to experience life. It is not my choice to end a life that God has given us.  

Janae, 21, Missouri

I am pro-life first and foremost because of my Christian faith. I was always told that God made you in your mother’s tummy and that he cares about you and had special plans for his life. I truly believe every life has purpose and value. My husband and I are struggling to get pregnant and have been for some time and it hurts my heart to see women just throw away a chance to bring a miracle into the world.

Andi, 26, Kansas

I believe there are better means of pregnancy prevention than the killing of an innocent child such as birth control or condoms and thorough sexual education for adolescents. I found out in my teens that I should have multiple siblings rather than being an only child. Irresponsible behavior & inability to face the “consequences” is not a “good” reason to end life and should be considered Murder. I believe the only legal reasons for abortion should be rape or at the extreme health risk of the mother. 

Tracey, 47, Connecticut

I had an abortion when I was in college. It was no big deal and everyone was doing it….because my body my choice. Society accepts this and even reinforces that a young woman in college with a baby is set up for failure. Depression and loss of self-worth followed. When I became a mom, that guilt became stronger. Abortion is terminating a life. No matter if it is legal or not, terminating a life is still murder, and there are still emotional consequences. Women need to prove that society is wrong. We can have a baby and go to school. We can have a baby and still work full time. It’s not the 1950s anymore. 

McKayla, 19, Illinois

I have had family members that have lost multiple children, either from miscarriages or stillbirths, and I could never ever imagine wanting to end a sweet and precious little miracle’s life. I have seen how hard people sometimes have to try in order to conceive and the fact that so many people can get an abortion truly breaks my heart. I believe that every single life is precious. Once my family members had their rainbow babies, I have truly never loved someone more than those precious babies. <3

Elizabeth, 21, Florida

A family member of mine had an unplanned pregnancy at a late age. Because of the mother’s age, doctors advised her to abort the child because of a high probability that the child would have a low quality of life, based on an increased risk of disabilities, etc. She disagreed and gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby girl. No human has the right to determine if another human’s life is worth living. 

Paige, 21, Alabama

I attended my first Walk for Life when I was 11, and learned what abortion was. I was stunned, and the word that has remained in my mind is “barbaric”. I am pro-life, and I choose every day to be pro-life because every human is made in the image of God and deserves to be treated with the utmost care, from conception to natural death. 

Sarah, 17, Illinois

My mother had an extreme disease and was told that if she didn’t abort me that she would die. She was continually pressured to abort but just couldn’t bring herself to do it. After 9 longs months, I was born. I had no health conditions or issues and though my mom struggled with her health for about a year after my birth, she recovered and both of us are perfectly healthy! If she wouldn’t have chosen life, I wouldn’t be here.

Hannah, 21, Florida

I became outspoken about my pro-life views after seeing the movie, Unplanned. Bad enough how unspeakably evil abortion is regarding the method of “removing a pregnancy,” but the evils that surround the abortion industry (i.e. profiting off human traffickers, abusers, or pedophiles) is more than enough reason to be against abortion. I also see many pro-choicers support abortion if a child is disabled. Many believe the disabled a nuisance, and shouldn’t exist. As the sister to a severely autistic man, I hate hearing this because my brother’s existence is one of the greatest joys I have in my life. To say his life is worthless (and essentially shouldn’t exist) because he’s disabled is sickening. 

Angela, 31, Michigan

What is inside a woman’s womb is a living human being. I sometimes wish that it wasn’t so that women could choose to terminate a difficult pregnancy the same way they can choose to have their wisdom teeth removed. But it’s not up to me to decide what is scientifically accurate – and what the truth is. The truth is that women become pregnant with humans. For women who do find themselves in difficult pregnancies, there has to be a better solution than abortion.

Leah, 25, Texas

I lost a sibling through abortion. At the time I didn’t understand fully what abortion was but as I grew older and learned more about it I decided I was against it in all circumstances. I’m 2016, my pro-life advocacy really kicked off after watching the presidential debates. I realized I cared most about ending abortion above all other issues. Next thing I knew I was helping lead my campus pro-life group and working as a counselor at my local pregnancy center. I still counsel expecting mothers in a different pro-life capacity as well as help provide them with material assistance so they feel confident they have what they need to care for their children. We’re also one of the only organizations to offer post-abortive sibling counseling to those, like me, who struggle after learning they lost a sibling to abortion. Through my pro-life advocacy, I feel like I’m honoring my brother or sister and I’ll never stop until no family ever has to go through that pain.  

Georgia G

Georgia Gallagher graduated from the University of Alabama in the summer of 2019 where she majored in Journalism and Political Science. She is currently working as a Cast Member at  Walt Disney World in Florida. In her free time she can be found advocating for pro-life policies and working with single or low-income mothers. She often says that her planner is second only to her Bible and she’s never caught without a cup of coffee in her hand.