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Toronto: Another Student Nearly Censored

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Earlier this week I brought you the story of Jonathan Lopez and the incident that occurred at Los Angeles City College during which he was verbally accosted, threatened with expulsion, and not allowed to finish his class speech.


Below you will find the story of a Toronto school student named Lia, who was threatened with disqualification from a speech contest because she chose to speak out against abortion. The story, reported by Chelsea Chilling for, evokes the same kind of angry response for the fact that her right to speak was nearly stifled because it was unpopular.


12-year-old steals day with pro-life speech: Teachers threaten disqualification, but girl chooses to speak against abortionDespite facing threats of disqualification, a 12-year-old girl took first place in a speech contest when she eloquently argued for the rights of unborn children – after an offended judge quit.


“What if I told you that right now, someone was choosing if you were going to live or die?” the seventh-grader begins in a video recording of her speech 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?”

The girl, a student at a Toronto school identified only as “Lia,” continued:

“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.”

But what made the 12-year-old choose to speak about abortion?

“It was really a family thing,” her mother explained on the blog Moral Outcry. “I saw Lou [Engle] speak at a conference several years ago. I came back to my family with the Life Bands, and we all wore them, made our covenant, and prayed the prayer for abortion to end. … We were invited to participate in a ‘Life Tape Siege.’ 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.”

Despite Lia’s enthusiasm for her topic, her teacher “strongly encouraged” her to select a different one for her class presentation or she would be considered ineligible for an upcoming speech contest.

“[S]everal teachers discouraged her from picking the topic of abortion; she was told it was ‘too big,’ ‘too mature’ and ‘too controversial,'” her mother wrote. “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 continued, “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.”

Lia’s teacher was so impressed by the speech that she allowed her student to advance as the winner. Lia presented her speech to judges in front of her entire school on Feb. 10.

The school principal and teachers called Lia’s presentation the “obvious winner” – but the judges suddenly disqualified her the following day “because of the topic and her position on abortion,” her mother said.

Lia’s father later revealed that the judges had a “big disagreement.” One was offended by the speech and voluntarily stepped down while the others reversed their earlier decision – declaring her the winner.

Now Lia plans to take her message of life to a regional speech competition, and more than 130,000 visitors have viewed her presentation online.

“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 in the video. “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?”

She continues, “No, fetuses are definitely humans – knit together in their mother’s womb by their wonderful Creator who knows them all by name.”

Further Food for Thought:
Professor Censors, Insults Student During Speech

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Written by Nathan Cherry

February 18, 2009 at 8:28 pm

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  1. What a precocious,brainwashed little ideologue.The parents are to blame for this type of mind control and mental child abuse.Very sad indeed

    Brian Rutledge

    February 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm

  2. Lisa,! You are a beautiful girl, and a credit to the entire human race. Even if death-servants like Brian call you brainwashed, take pride in it! Your brain, unlike those that promote the murder of defenseless children, is clean.
    Was it from brainwashing? Was from clear, pure thinking?
    Does it matter? Your thoughts were beautiful, and so very well expressed.

    They say that a clear stream can purify almost anything that is placed in it, short of the permanently corrupt refuse from modern human production. You are a pure stream.

    Consider Brian to be a corruption. He has posted here many times and his on-going hate and religious-phobia are noted and deplored. That is the product of modern human liberal thinking, although how a man can endorse the heartless murder of babies and still call himself a man is beyond me.

    I watched your speech on U tube and expect that you will have many people in your fan-club, including me!
    Eoj Trahnier

    Eoj Trahnier

    March 4, 2009 at 5:06 am

  3. A 12 year old is not capable of producing objective thought because they have not yet experienced enough to be considered objective and knowledgeable. She is merely parroting what she hears from her parents. I wish her her naive person well and hope she gets to at least explore the world of ideas before she and her supporters consider her a source of truth-come on she’s twelve Eoj. Let her live a little. She’s a young girl. Were you this much of an expert when you were her age? Think about it. She’s just repeating what she has heard and not what she has had time to really think about as you have done. It’s child abuse to put her in the forefront of your ideology. She hasnt even had a chance to form her own.Didnt you have to go through a process to formulate your ideas. Give her that chance

    Brian Rutledge

    March 4, 2009 at 5:35 am

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