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12-Year-Old Stuns Pro-Choice Teacher and School with Pro-Life Presentation (On YouTube)
LifeSiteNews ^ | Monday February 16, 2009 | Kathleen Gilbert

Posted on 02/16/2009 1:37:16 PM PST by GonzoII

Monday February 16, 2009


12-Year-Old Stuns Pro-Choice Teacher and School with Pro-Life Presentation

By Kathleen Gilbert

TORONTO, February 11, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - 12-year-old "Lia" of Toronto has become a star at her school and on Youtube with her five-minute pro-life speech, crafted for a school competition.  Despite discouragement and outright opposition, Lia's presentation was so well done that she reportedly won the contest she was told she would be disqualified from, due to the "controversial" message of her speech.

Lia's mother broke the story of her daughter's win in an e-mail to the Moral Outcry blog. LifeSiteNews.com attempts to contact Lia and her parents for comment were unreturned by press time. The speech, however, is available in its entirety on Youtube, where it has been viewed over 100,000 times and sparked a heated discussion. (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOR1wUqvJS4&feature=channel_page)

"What if I told you that right now, someone was choosing if you were gonna live or die?" begins the charismatic seventh-grader in a practice recording of the speech posted on Youtube.  "What if I told you that this choice wasn't based on what you could or couldn't do, what you'd done in the past, or what you would do in the future? And what if I told you, you could do nothing about it? 

"Fellow students and teachers, thousands of children are right now in that very situation.  Someone is choosing without even knowing them whether they are going to live or die.  That someone is their mother.  And that choice is abortion."

Lia, speaking easily and with sunny enthusiasm, fires off answers to several common objections in the brief speech. 

"Why do we think that just because a fetus can't talk or do what we do, it isn't a human being yet?"  She asks.  "Some babies are born after only five months.  Is this baby not human? 

"We would never say that. Yet abortions are performed on 5-month-old fetuses all the time.  Or do we only call them humans if they're wanted?

"Think about the child's rights, that were never given to it. No matter what rights the mother has, it doesn't mean we can deny the rights of the fetus," she said. "We must remember that with our rights and our choices come responsibilities, and we can't take someone else's rights away to avoid our responsibilities."

Lia's mother says that the topic was of her own choosing, and that she was determined not to back down, even after teachers told her it was "too mature" and "too controversial."

"She was also told that if she went ahead with that topic, she would not be allowed to continue on in the speech competition," Lia's mother wrote in the email to the Moral Outcry blog.  "Initially, I tried helping her find other topics to speak on, but, in the end, she was adamant. She just felt she wanted to continue with the topic of abortion. So she forfeited her chance to compete in order to speak on something she was passionate about."

But according to updates posted on the blog (http://bound4life.com/blog/2009/02/06/y-o-p-p#updates), Lia's pro-choice teacher was so moved by the speech that she decided to allow her to participate in the competition after all. Lia won for her class.

The speech then sparked a controversy at the school wide competition last Thursday, where the school principal and teachers reportedly all agreed that Lia's speech was the obvious winner - but the judges had decided to disqualify her because of the topic. 

By the end of the day, one judge who was offended by the pro-life speech agreed to step down, leaving the remaining judges to reverse the decision and declare Lia the school wide winner, advancing Lia to represent her school at a regional competition.

Lia's mother said the girl's determination to present her message stemmed from her family's participation in the pro-life movement. 

"We were invited to participate in a 'Life Tape Siege,'" she wrote.  "Once my kids heard of this invitation, they all agreed: 'We have to do that!'  Since then, Lia's passion for seeing abortion end has continued."

URL: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/feb/09021605.html


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1 posted on 02/16/2009 1:37:16 PM PST by GonzoII
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To: GonzoII
we can't take someone else's rights away to avoid our responsibilities

How well said... better than anything I've ever come up with.

2 posted on 02/16/2009 1:39:08 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: GonzoII

If they confirm this it would be really awesome


3 posted on 02/16/2009 1:41:22 PM PST by GeronL (please stand by...)
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To: Mrs. Don-o; Salvation; NYer; little jeremiah; wagglebee; DirtyHarryY2K; narses

Ping.


4 posted on 02/16/2009 1:41:47 PM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII

Wow! She is amazing!
Pro life BTTT!


5 posted on 02/16/2009 1:44:12 PM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: GonzoII

And YouTube turned off the comments because:

“We apologize for turning off the commenting functionality. This was not to stop genuine discussion or debate on the issue but was, rather, a response to the cowardly who used it as an opportunity to throw insults and threats at a young girl that they hated without reason. Thank-you to everyone who, whether in agreement or not, has responded in a respectful manner.”

Ah, yes, those diverse, inclusive, tolerant and multicultural liberals at their keyboards.


6 posted on 02/16/2009 1:44:21 PM PST by polymuser (Bye, bye Miss American Pie.)
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To: GonzoII

Bookmark for later! Thanks!


7 posted on 02/16/2009 1:45:16 PM PST by avacado (Bipartisanship is when Democrats and Republicans get together to rob the American people blind)
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To: polymuser; All
"And YouTube turned off the comments because:"

That's all right, that girl is the future!

8 posted on 02/16/2009 1:48:00 PM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII

Pro-life ping!


9 posted on 02/16/2009 1:50:43 PM PST by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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To: GonzoII

I wouldn’t want to have to debate that little lady on any subject....she’s way too good.

Excellent Job, Lia!


10 posted on 02/16/2009 1:52:34 PM PST by wolfcreek (There is no 2 party system only arrogant Pols and their handlers)
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To: GonzoII

Wow!

GREAT MUST WATCH VIDEO!

Thanks!

11 posted on 02/16/2009 1:52:46 PM PST by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (To those who believe the world was safer with Saddam, get treatment for that!)
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To: GonzoII
That's all right, that girl is the future!

I am optimistically hopeful that is true -- that a large percentage of our youth can see the irrationality of the left for what it is, know it's wrong and want change.

12 posted on 02/16/2009 1:54:08 PM PST by polymuser (Bye, bye Miss American Pie.)
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To: GonzoII; fabian; enter the dragon

That little girt is amazing! Thanks for posting this.


13 posted on 02/16/2009 1:54:34 PM PST by abigail2
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To: GonzoII
one judge who was offended by the pro-life speech agreed to step down

There's a shocker. Usually pro-aborts don't have this much integrity.

This one must have been one of those "pro-aborts" instead of a "had-abort". A "had-abort" would have not conceded their "right" in any way.

14 posted on 02/16/2009 1:55:23 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: MrB

By the end of the day, one judge who was offended by the pro-life speech agreed to step down, ________________________________

Now isn’t this teaching our kids the right attitude. Agree with me or I will go sit in a corner and suck my thumb. Real maturity!! I suspect she was to be judged by the actual presentation - not the topic.


15 posted on 02/16/2009 1:55:23 PM PST by RepubRep (God Bless America and may He guard our borders until we WAKE UP and do it ourselves!!)
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To: RepubRep

Read my 14.

I think it was commendable for the “pro-choicer” to step down instead of adamantly stifling the girl’s message.


16 posted on 02/16/2009 1:56:28 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: GonzoII

And a little child shall lead them.

Praise God who blesses us all with His mercy.


17 posted on 02/16/2009 1:57:44 PM PST by Waryone
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To: polymuser; GonzoII

So you’re attacking the person who turned off the comments?


18 posted on 02/16/2009 1:58:19 PM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: wolfcreek
I wouldn’t want to have to debate that little lady on any subject....she’s way too good.

Agreed, her delivery is excellent (though the content is misleading in places).

19 posted on 02/16/2009 2:00:06 PM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: GonzoII

bump


20 posted on 02/16/2009 2:00:14 PM PST by lowbridge ("a little state control wouldn't hurt anybody" - Jerry Brown on the First Amendment)
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To: GonzoII
one judge who was offended by the pro-life speech

People against pro-life are a dime a dozen, but people offended by a speech in favor of it --- you'd think they'd be ashamed to admit that. Libs are supposed to be such champions of free speech...

21 posted on 02/16/2009 2:00:27 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (American Revolution II -- overdue.)
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To: RepubRep

Our 11 y/o grandson had to select a well known person for his “hero” essay project. He picked Ronald Regan and the last sentence stated Ronald Regan was an American hero because he fixed the mess Jimmie Carter created. HA! Now if we can keep these kids from being brainwashed in the local universities!!


22 posted on 02/16/2009 2:02:09 PM PST by RepubRep (God Bless America and may He guard our borders until we WAKE UP and do it ourselves!!)
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To: GonzoII

Amazing. That young girl has far more maturity than the liberals who go around screaming like a bunch of knuckle-dragging primates whenever the abortion issue comes up.

Good for her, and great job - I wish her all the best!


23 posted on 02/16/2009 2:02:50 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Dissent Is Patriotic!)
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To: GonzoII

You know, I almost didn’t log on this afternoon because I dreaded hearing about more of the onslaught of socialist Orwellian crap that we’re drowning in. Boy, am I glad I did. This girl has lifted my spirit and given me inspiration. I’ve got a lot to write down and to pass along.

Life is good.

Choose it.


24 posted on 02/16/2009 2:03:48 PM PST by Humble Servant (See y'all in the Gulag.)
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To: Gondring
So you’re attacking the person who turned off the comments?

(Loud buzzer) No.

I was commenting on "the cowardly who used it as an opportunity to throw insults and threats at a young girl that they hated without reason."

25 posted on 02/16/2009 2:04:17 PM PST by polymuser (Bye, bye Miss American Pie.)
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To: GonzoII

God Blessed her.


26 posted on 02/16/2009 2:05:43 PM PST by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government)
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To: wagglebee; narses

ping


27 posted on 02/16/2009 2:07:40 PM PST by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: MrB

Actually, a good percentage of “had-abort”s become pro-life, including the woman who was the subject of Roe vs. Wade, as well as others I’ve heard.


28 posted on 02/16/2009 2:09:13 PM PST by Humble Servant (See y'all in the Gulag.)
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To: Waryone

We should all emulate the clarity, simplicity, and common sense of her words.


29 posted on 02/16/2009 2:10:03 PM PST by Humble Servant (See y'all in the Gulag.)
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To: polymuser

It’s so sad that those people’s minds are clouded by such hate. Must everyone fall in lock step behind what they believe or else be maligned and threatened?


30 posted on 02/16/2009 2:12:38 PM PST by Burkean
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To: GonzoII

An impressive young lady.


31 posted on 02/16/2009 2:15:36 PM PST by Navy Patriot (John McCain, the Manchurian Candidate, makes a Marxist President.)
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To: GonzoII

From the mouth of babes......who knows how many lives her message may save


32 posted on 02/16/2009 2:16:09 PM PST by Kimmers (Working hard so Obamas friends don't have to)
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To: Humble Servant

“Had-abort”s will take one of two paths -

perpetual justification of their “right” to do what they did,

or repentance and attempting to make it right by using their testimony to convince others.


33 posted on 02/16/2009 2:17:41 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Burkean
It’s so sad that those people’s minds are clouded by such hate. Must everyone fall in lock step behind what they believe or else be maligned and threatened?

Yes, and that's what's so dangerous about our political majority now: they'll use power against those that disagree. And it does, indeed, stem from hate, from a simple core hate of Godly righteousness.

34 posted on 02/16/2009 2:19:15 PM PST by polymuser (Bye, bye Miss American Pie.)
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To: GonzoII; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
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Freep-mail me to get on or off my pro-life and Catholic List:

Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of interest.

Obama Says A Baby Is A Punishment

Obama: “If they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

35 posted on 02/16/2009 2:20:49 PM PST by narses (http://www.theobamadisaster.com/)
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To: GonzoII

Amazing—thanks for posting! Next time right-to-life Sunday rolls around, I am asking her to fill my pulpit. She said more in 5 minutes than I can say in 30, plus people will pay attention!


36 posted on 02/16/2009 2:21:24 PM PST by carpediem365 (sola deo gloria)
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To: GonzoII

Thank you for another in a long line of great posts. God Bless!


37 posted on 02/16/2009 2:21:31 PM PST by narses (http://www.theobamadisaster.com/)
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To: GonzoII

I love it! God bless her!

And I love the way she ended it - with the quote from the Dr Seuss book, and the sweet smile!


38 posted on 02/16/2009 2:24:08 PM PST by sneakers
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To: Humble Servant
You know, I almost didn’t log on this afternoon because I dreaded hearing about more of the onslaught of socialist Orwellian crap that we’re drowning in.

I can relate!
I've been very discouraged lately.
You may enjoy reading this story as well: Miami Banker Gives $60 Million Of His Own To Employees

Be nice if someone had a "Good News" ping list!
39 posted on 02/16/2009 2:29:43 PM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: GonzoII

Hehe! This 12 year old girl articulates the point against abortion better tha 40 year old Ashley Judd tries to articlulate the point for abortion.

I’m surprised the leftist teacher didn’t give this girl an “F”.


40 posted on 02/16/2009 2:30:25 PM PST by AmericanSphinx71 (Pray for America)
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To: MrB

I wonde how long it will be until obamawama’s shock troops and kneepad groupies start to belittle her, try to dig up dirt on her and hound her into silance,

In the meantime the POTUS, empty suit obamawama, will continue to use the tax payers money to suupport his favorite charity, the murder of the most innocent.


41 posted on 02/16/2009 2:30:36 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: GonzoII

“Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings...”

I guess sometimes God chooses unlikely messangers to carry His messages. What a wee angel!

Bookmarked and thanks for posting this thread!


42 posted on 02/16/2009 2:30:41 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: GonzoII
And a child shall lead them....

THAT gives me hope!

43 posted on 02/16/2009 2:32:25 PM PST by pvoce ('Good' sense and 'Common' sense are two entirely different concepts.)
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To: pvoce

Bravo!!


44 posted on 02/16/2009 2:35:41 PM PST by Cheryllynn
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To: GonzoII

This is wonderful! Thank you for posting her speech.
God bless her and her family!
May her words have some kind of positive life impact on the unholy deadness of liberalism.


45 posted on 02/16/2009 2:35:52 PM PST by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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To: GonzoII

Yes, there is a God. He made that child! Marvelous post!!!


46 posted on 02/16/2009 2:37:15 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: GonzoII

Excellent speech, let alone by a 12 year old. I favorited the video.

She presented a very coherent, well organized, thoughtful and compelling defense of the unborn. She also touched on the emotional damage that those, who choose abortion, live with for the rest of their lives.

I liked how she quoted from the Dr. Zuess story about Whoville. I am curious, though; she mentioned Sharon Osborn. Is that Ozzy’s Sharon Osborn?


47 posted on 02/16/2009 2:46:36 PM PST by Nephi (Like the failed promise of Fascism, masquerading as Capitalism? You're gonna love Marxism.)
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To: Humble Servant

Including me and several of my friends.


48 posted on 02/16/2009 2:48:46 PM PST by Calico Cat (tagline)
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To: GonzoII

From the mouths of children we will be taught. God bless this girl, and let her words be heard.


49 posted on 02/16/2009 2:52:40 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

First, Rush always say he doesn’t allow anybody to have power over him by allowing them to offend him and second if the prospect of a woman choosing to bring her pregancy to term isn’t a pro-choice position (choice implies more than one option) then this judge does not truly believe in pro-choice but really believes in pro-death and thus regard abortion as a Hobson’s choice rather than a choice of which apples one should buy: red or green.


50 posted on 02/16/2009 2:52:46 PM PST by techno
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