JUNIOR HIGH RUNNER UP
Essay by Lindsey Lehmann, Farley, Iowa
I have a daily reminder of abortion's greatest lie. His name
is Tommy, and he is MY three year-old
brother. When he looks at me with his big blue eyes, I know the color of those
eyes was determined at the moment of fertilization.
When Tommy comes running to me from across the yard and jumps
into my arms, I can feel his heart pounding against my chest. At three weeks,
the heart of a fetus in the womb starts to beat. Tommy's beating heart at three
years of age is the same beating heart as the one at three weeks of age in his
When my brother comes in my bed to get warmed up at night, he
starts kicking. At seven weeks, the baby is already starting to kick, but the
mother does not feel it until four and a half months.
At dinner or supper when Tommy likes to eat, he has to swallow
all of his food, this is the same swallowing that Tommy started when he was
eight weeks in his mother's womb.
In Church, Tommy loves to climb across the pews, under the
pews, across our laps, or say, "When is Church going to be over?" He can never
sit still. This hyperness began when Tommy was inside his mother's womb at nine
When Tommy wraps his fingers around my hand, or grabs a piece
of candy, or tightly holds the string of a balloon so it won't sail off into the
sky, those are the same hands that at 10-11 weeks can seize an object
that is placed in the hand.
When Tommy and I wrestle on the floor and we're laughing, and
all of a sudden Tommy asks, "Lindsey smell my feet!" Those are the same feet
that were perfectly shaped at 11 weeks.
Tommy developed all of his body parts at 12 weeks. At 13-14
weeks into pregnancy, Tommy started pumping several quarts of blood through the
body every day. At 18 weeks he was perfectly formed. Inside his mother, Tommy
could have been legally killed, but outside of his mother, Tommy is fully
protected by law.
How can anybody say that Tommy was not a human being when he
was in his mother's womb? How can anybody say that Tommy couldn't feel pain in
his mother's womb? How can anybody say that Tommy's mother can kill Tommy just
because he is still in her womb? People who believe abortion is cool say that
Tommy was just a mass of tissue inside his mother's womb. That is abortion's
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