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Middle and High School Students Invited to Submit Compositions about Sanctity of Life

 American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program sponsors 2022 Pro-Life Essay Contest

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(October 28, 2022 – Fredericksburg, Virginia) Middle and high school students across the United States are sharing their thoughts on protecting the sanctity of human life in essays they are writing for the 2022 Pro-Life Essay Contest sponsored by American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program.

Cosponsored by the Institute for Excellence in Writing, the essay contest takes place during October – Respect Life Month. Categories are 5th through 8th grade and 9th through 12th grade. A writing prompt is given for each category. Essays are due November 7.

The essay contest was launched soon after a group of homeschool moms and educators, including American Life League president Judie Brown, founded the Culture of Life Studies Program in 2014. Last held in 2019, the contest was reinstated this year following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which overturned Roe v. Wade.

Susan Ciancio, executive editor of the Culture of Life Studies Program, is excited to read students’ insights about pro-life teachings. “We have read many amazing essays over the years, which have helped us gear our lessons and social media posts to help students and parents understand the sanctity of life, the value of all human beings, and the importance of treating others with respect,” she said. “These essays not only help us sustain the moral courage to stand up for our beliefs, but they encourage other young people to speak up as well.”

Ciancio noted that despite the reversal of Roe v. Wade, abortion remains legal in many states. Some governors have erected billboards urging women to come to their states for abortions, while Planned Parenthood and other organizations tout the importance of “choice.” “Kids are bombarded by lies about how women ‘need’ abortions or those facing ectopic pregnancies will not receive treatment,” she added. “It’s our job as educators and parents to not only teach them the truth, but to teach them to proudly stand up for that truth. That’s why it is so important to encourage students to articulate their thoughts and learn to defend pro-life principles.”

For more information about the Pro-Life Essay Contest, visit

About the Culture of Life Studies Program

The Culture of Life Studies Program seeks to build a culture of life, one student at a time, through broad-ranging pro-life curriculum for children in preschool through high school. Units and lessons address multiple study areas, including ethics, history, religion, civics, and other academic disciplines. The Catholic, pro-life, home and classroom materials, resources, and training are available for educators, schools, dioceses, and families. For more information visit          

About American Life League

American Life League has been part of the pro-life abortion debate from its inception. Since 1979, American Life League has committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to death with a pro-life integrity that stands up for every innocent human being whose life is threatened by a “culture of death.” For more information visit