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LINDSEY WHITE (RUTHERFORD COUNTY) WINS TENNESSEE RIGHT TO LIFE HIGH SCHOOL ORATORY CONTEST
“You have a choice to stand for life or to stand for death. For all these unborn children and those who have been broken and mislead, will you join me? Will you fight for life like you are on your warhorse in the greatest battle of all time? Because that is what we are in! Now is the time!” This call to action is in the speech given by Lindsey White, winner of this year's Tennessee Right to Life Pro-Life Oratory Contest for high school students.The 20th annual event was held at Saint Cecilia Academy in Nashville on Saturday, April 27.
Winners from 13 participating chapters across the state qualified to attend by competing against over 50 public, private, and home-schooled students in grades 9-12. Each contestant researched, wrote, and presented an original 5-7 minute pro-life speech on abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, or stem-cell research.
Lindsey, a high school senior from Rutherford County, opened with the story of Norma McCorvey, also known as Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade. She continued to speak about protecting life, “Evidence of when life begins is all throughout science. According to medical records, the genes and sex of the baby are set at the very instant of fertilization....Once the object of life has been decided, it is obvious that no age can make the brutality of abortion bearable. What happened to the rights of the peaceful child with soft skin and tiny hands, curled up in the womb of its mother? They have a right, a right that is violated before they can fight for it..."
Other finalists in the state contest were Jacob Price, a senior from Greater Chattanooga area, encouraged everyone to stand and fight the increasing reasons for euthanasia; Sarah Camp, a sophomore representing Lawrence County, told of what led her to be Pro-life; and Mary Claire Birge, a senior representing Knox County, shared that every person, regardless of disability or situation, deserves a right to life.
Later this summer, Lindsey will represent Tennessee at the National Right to Life Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest in Charleston, S.C.