Pro-Life Youth Essay Contest

"Yes, I take abortion very personally. I was scheduled to be aborted on February 18, 2003 at 9 am that morning. I thank God for giving my mother the wisdom and strength to cancel the procedure."

-2017 Entry, Middle School Division

Each year, St. Joseph County Right to Life sponsors a youth essay contest, cultivating pro-life leadership at a young age by encouraging students to articulate pro-life truth with compassion. The contest gives students the chance to practice expressing their beliefs and think critically about the real-life consequences that stem from a disregard for the value of human life.


This years contest will differ from passed contests in that the entry is not an essay, but a letter. Youth are challenged to practice a different written skill by writing a letter to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Please click below for more information including the prompt for this years contest. 

Click here for guidelines, prompt, and template:


Awards for the 2020 Youth Essay Contest will be presented at the Respect Life Prayer Dinner on April 21st, 2020.

St. Joseph County Right to Life Congratulates the 2019 Essay Contest Winners

Right to Life congratulates the following writers for their exceptional entries in the 2019 Pro-Life Teen Essay contest (click on each individual’s name to read his or her winning essay):


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