I’ve never had the pleasure of knowing my birth mother, but she gave me the greatest gift anyone can ever give.

She gave me life.

I don’t know much about her except that she was 17 when she got pregnant.

I grew up with the understanding that I was an option, and it wasn’t until very recently when I had the opportunity to get to know my biological grandfather that I learned how important my life was to her.

Perhaps it is because she chose to give me life that I feel so strongly about the fight for life.

Perhaps knowing that she must have believed in me, in my potential, that I believe in the inherent potential of every human life.

Often, when the topic of abortion is discussed, things like number of weeks, viability and personal choice are used to justify the termination of a pregnancy.

However, rarely is the inherent potential of the life that is being ended discussed.

Instead of looking for reasons to put an end to life, let us look for reasons to justify that life coming into this world.

Whether or not that life is referred to as a zygote, a baby or a fetus is irrelevant.

The most precious part of that life is its infinite potential.

That potential is not dependent on what the body is called or what stage of development it is in.

That potential exists from the very moment of conception.

Every human being from the moment of their conception is endowed with infinite potential to change the world, to do whatever they wish to do, to become whatever they wish to become.

This is the divine within all of us. This is what makes us human. This is what makes every life infinitely valuable.

Who has the right to bring an end to that potential? Who can rob the world of a being who could change it? Who has the right to end a life?

Whenever I talk about this, I am hit back with arguments along the lines of what someone should do in the case of danger to their own life, incest or rape.

In these cases, as rare as they are, I defer to the council given by the Church.

However, these extreme cases do not in and of themselves justify the ending of a life. As incredibly difficulty as these situations are, ponder this: when have two wrongs ever made a right?

I do not presume to understand what it’s like to live with an unwanted pregnancy.

I do not know the trials my birth mother has had to endure since giving me life.

All I know is what my life has become as a result of my birth mother choosing to allow me to live out my potential.

Her sacrifice has allowed me to have a loving family, find a wonderful woman to marry and to have a child of my own and hopefully more.

Every life is divine. every life is worth fighting for.

This is why I fight for life. I was given that gift, and I can’t imagine not fighting for others to have it as well.