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Student essay contests—just one more way National Right to Life affiliates are reaching out to the next generation 

by | Feb 16, 2024

By Maria V. Gallagher, Acting Executive Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

One of my favorite times of the year is coming up—the launching of our student pro-life essay and oratory contests.

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation has for decades rewarded young people who boldly and winsomely articulate the pro-life message in the written and spoken word.

One year, our essay contest attracted more than 600 essays which I read myself. I was humbled by the truths expressed by those so young.

Last year, we were thrilled when our oratory contestant, Clare, captured first place at National Right to Life’s contest at the convention in Pittsburgh. In the home of the Steelers, Clare courageously spoke of the unfair manner in which pregnancy resource centers are often characterized by the abortion industry. Clare spoke with a confidence and enthusiasm that brought people to their feet as they showered her with the applause she so richly deserved.

You cannot help but be inspired when you see students expound so eloquently about the development of the preborn child, the dangers of abortion to mothers, and the heroic role of the pro-life movement in our society.

Each time I see a young oratory contestant…or read a student’s pro-life essay…I am reminded of the goodness that abounds in our young pro-life advocates. They possess a wisdom beyond their years and an idealism that cannot be matched.

There is still time for Pennsylvania students to enter our essay and oratory contests. You can find complete rules at Student contests—just one more way National Right to Life affiliates are reaching out to the next generation and challenging them to renew a culture of life!

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