Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012 9:08:03 PM
All Americans deserve the right to Life and to be treated with Human dignity, regardless of their genetics. While genetics are the foundation of who we all are, it cannot limit our worth or value. Diversity adds to the uniqueness and resilience of us as a people. I believe Mitt Romney is the best candidate to improve upon this issue, not simply because as a business man he understands the value of people, as opposed to government, but because he believes in the Human Spirit and American Exceptionalism.
Our nation has been able to make great progress in overcoming genetic differences such as skin color and gender inequality. My parents have always believed in equality and have influenced my life and opinions. The influence hasn’t necessarily been their own political views, but their commitment to be political knowledgeable. My mother always reminded me to vote for candidates and issues, rather than political parties. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to go with my mother to vote as a child. She always told me, “We all have duty to be politically aware, and a chance to make things better.”
We can make America a better place by respecting everyone’s right to life and human dignity. This issue is tied into LGBT rights, as many LGBT youth and even adults are bullied for having different genetics than their heterosexual counterparts. Sexual orientation is determined in the 3rd interstitial nucleus of the anterior hypothalamus and gender identity in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis. No one should be made to feel bad for their genetic foundation or pushed to take their own life. All life is precious, and no one should be able to take that right from you. Tragically, LGBT fetuses are subject to abortion, which is the most severe violation of our right to life.
Dr. Seuss once wrote, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” Small can be physical size or perceived significance. It is not only applicable to human zygotes, morulas, blastocysts, embryos, fetuses, infants, and children, but also to those with genetic disorders who are deemed less significant or insignificant. Trisomy 21, better known as Down’s syndrome, is the most common chromosome abnormality in humans. There is currently both screening and diagnostic testing that allows parents to view their human fetus’s chances of having such an abnormality. Those with Trisomy 21 are more likely to be terminated by their parents. Their abortion rate is over 90%. This is tragic, as all humans have worth and can greatly contribute to our nation.
As a college student, roughly one-third of my generation was not allowed to be born. Since we lost one-third of our voice, the remaining two-thirds will just have to speak that much louder for our generation and the future of our nation. All human life should be treated with the utmost respect, regardless of genetics. I believe Mitt Romney is the best candidate to stand for the dignity of all humans.