Children Influencing Culture through Media?
We always talk about media influencing children and culture, but how about children influence culture through media!?
A creative speech video that has been making the rounds a few months ago is the video of a young Canadian 12 year old Lia who chose the topic of abortion as her topic for a school speech contest. Her teacher wanted her to pick a different topic but she chose to continue. As you’ll see below she was an excellent speaker and crafted her arguments with thought and strategy.
“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’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’s mother initially tried to help her find other topics but Lia was adamant because it was a topic she was passionate on.
Though her principal and teachers thought she was clearly the winner, her abortion speech was initially disqualified due to the controversial topic of abortion. There was a disagreement among the judges then one voluntarily stepped down because she did not want to cast her vote due to the topic. The rest of the judges then reversed their decision and declared Lia the winner advancing her to the regionals. (That one judge must have held a lot of power!).
She did not win the regional contest despite an apparently flawless delivery. The pro-life video has now accumulated over 500,000+ views on youtube though comments were disabled due to the hateful comments directed at the young little girl.
Though she lost the speech contest, her and her family were able to celebrate what they deemed the “best trophy ever” when a person who saw the video, then decided not to abort her child. In one of the comments someone mentioned that her aunt saw the video and decided not to have an abortion.
“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?”
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