The mother of a 12-year-old girl whose pro-life speech has become a hit YouTube video says her daughter’s passion for the unborn is genuine.
Lia is a preteen from Toronto, Canada who decided to speak out against abortion in her school’s speech contest, despite teachers and school officials who encouraged her to pick a different topic.
“What if I told you that right now someone was choosing if you were going to live or die? What if I told you that this choice wasn’t based on what you could or couldn’t do, what you had done in the past or what you would do in the future? And what if I told you [that] you could do nothing about it? Fellow students and teachers, thousands of children are right now in that very situation,” Lia says in her speech.
Kimberly, Lia’s mother, says the young girl was told by school officials that if she chose the topic of abortion, she would not be allowed to participate in the speech contest.
“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 an e-mail to Bound4Life.com. “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 her mother was surprised when Lia’s pro-choice teacher had a change of heart.
“Her teacher was really impressed by this speech, and perhaps moved by it, and therefore her teacher kind of was a real supporter of [Lia] winning for the class,” Kimberly notes. “And she had to go through a couple of hoops and get clearance from a couple of other teachers before she could be declared winner of the class.”
Another controversy is reported to have erupted when the panel of judges had a disagreement over Lia’s speech. One person who was reportedly offended by Lia’s message stepped down as a judge, and the panel later declared Lia as the winner over all the school. She was asked to take out this portion of her speech: “[F]etuses are definitely humans knit together in their mother’s womb by their wonderful Creator who knows them all by name.”
Kimberly says after Lia was told to remove that portion of her speech, she took time to think about her decision and ultimately decided to leave it in. Lia also competed in a regional speech competition.
Although she didn’t win the regional competition, her speech has been viewed by more than 200,000 people on YouTube.