To the missing 2013 graduates


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To the missing 2013 graduates,

I’m writing this letter to you because I wish you were here. Most of you would be seventeen or eighteen right now, born around 1995, like me. There were about 3.9 million kids born that year. I’m sure not all of us are graduating high school this year, but we at least had the chance to do our best in school. You never got that chance.

This spring, the class of 2013 will graduate. But for every ten graduates on the platform, three are missing. According to U.S. government statistics, for every 1,000 babies born alive, 322 were aborted. I’m writing this to you, the 1, 210, 883 babies who died in 1995.

I’m sorry that you aren’t here, filling out college applications and trying to earn good grades your last semester.

I’m sorry you never got the chance to dream about the future.

I’m sorry that your mom gave into the fear telling her to end your life.

And I’m also sorry for your mom, because when she hears Pomp and Circumstance this spring, she’ll think of you. I’m sure the guilt weighs heavy on her, and I pray she lets God’s grace heal her heart.

The graduating class of 2013 isn’t the only class with empty places. From January 22, 1973, to January 22, 2013, 55 million babies in America alone have lost their lives. These last forty years have been the bloodiest in the country’s history, yet for many people, abortion is just a necessary surgical procedure, not murder.

Some people say you weren’t really a person when you were killed. Although all your DNA was in place on Day 1, and your heart started beating at Day 21, you weren’t a living human being.

Others say that your mom’s choice was more important than yours, that a woman should have control over her own body. But as Mother Teresa said, “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that [a woman] may live as [she wishes].”

I’m writing you because today marks forty years since Roe v. Wade. Forty years—and over 3,000 abortions each day. I want you to know you are not forgotten, would-be graduates of 2013. I know you are in Heaven, but I wish the world could have seen you down here first.

I hope and pray the remaining class of 2013 will see the end of abortion before another forty years have passed.

Because we cannot have 1.2 million missing high school graduates in 2053.



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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gretchen Louise
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 17:07:26

    Wow. Saying amen through my tears.


  2. ladygoat
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 02:31:29

    Wow. Thank you.


  3. Natasha Metzler
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 02:31:32

    beautifully said, Jessica.


  4. nursenan72
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 06:33:05

    Amazing. I am speechless, You said it all young lady!


  5. bojojoti
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 21:30:38

    Thank you.


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