Lia is a 12-year-old 7th grader in Toronto Canada. She competed in a speech contest this week and her speech has made a few people pretty upset.
Lia decided to speak about abortion and the rights of a fetus. Several teachers asked her not to, her mother tried to find her something else to talk about, and the school told her that if she persisted in using this topic she would be disqualified.
I guess that didn’t bother her too much. She went ahead with the speech. She was disqualified but the judges reversed their position under pressure from the student body and Lia has wound up winning the contest. She will be sharing it again today in a regional competition.
I say kudos to you, Lia! I’ve put a “rehearsal” of her speech below. This video is on YouTube and has over 165,000 views so far.