12-year-old speaks out on the subject of abortion

@katran (590)
United States
February 16, 2009 5:32pm CST
This little girl wrote this speech for her 7th grade class. I have never heard such an eloquently stated argument. I actually cried a little at the end when she quotes Horton Hears a Who. I always believed that children are smarter than we give them credit for, and as far as I am concerned, this little girl is a genius. Here is a link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOR1wUqvJS4&e What do you think about what this little girl has to say? Does she make you think about your views on abortion?
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@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
16 Feb 09
i will check that out later. there are a lot of things that children of the new generations do that makes us wonder? knowing that they are very intelligent is a very impressing. for we know that they are our future leaders that are smart and can make sure that the world is on better hands. good news is really something to celebrate. but has the news about the 13 year old dad reached you already? http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2233878.ece there are children like the girl youare talking about that is so intelligent and there are children who is just so plain stup*d like this one. i just hope there are more intelligent children than those who does not really care and aware
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@katran (590)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Yeah, I did hear about that. I guess it just goes to show that with ever good there has to be bad. I am still optimistic that there are children like this little girl though. If more children spoke out about their beliefs, maybe some of the stupid ADULTS of the world would stop and take notice. In fact, even the bad news about the 13-year-old dad should make adults wonder if possibly we are doing something wrong that there are kids who end up that way.
• Philippines
17 Feb 09
precisely. if there are kids who are as intelligent that is because parents were around her and is supporting her every tiny or big steps. the 13 year old dad and some of the other children has parents who focus more on working and making a living than making sure what their children are up to. it is not easy to be a parent and with a crisis that we are all facing now, but we have to be still able to be aware what our children are doing. i hope all this news about what children doing makes adult eyes open that kids of today can make unbelievable things so what they need is guidance
• United States
16 Feb 09
Thank you for posting this video. It's great to see that there are young people that are not being brain-washed by liberal propaganda. God, she's a very articulate, and intelligent young lady. Her family is very blessed...great thread!
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• Canada
17 Feb 09
That girl definitely did her research. It is good to hear someone so young speaking out about it. I wish more people would think twice about aborting.
@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
18 Feb 09
do you honestly think a woman just rushes into an abortion? They don't.
• Canada
18 Feb 09
Sweeping generalizations for the win! You don't know these people. You have NO right to judge.
@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
18 Feb 09
very few late term abortions are done. VERY. FEW. I happen to agree with you that late term abortions are wrong, however, the few that are done are generally done to save the mothers life for one reason or another. That is between the Dr, the patient and her spouse (or domestic partner). I understand wanting to teach our kids right and wrong. I just don't think there is a need to vilify any one thing or action in order to raise a healthy happy moral citizen. Thank you Saffron, you made great points and represented the Choice movement with clarity. :)
@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I think her parents coached her very well to deliver their manifesto via 7th grade speeches. A child does not have free will or her own opinion (that comes with age & extended education), she is mimicking her parents views and ideologies. She's been indoctrinated. Simple as that.
@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
18 Feb 09
indoctrinated :to imbue with a usual partisan or sectarian opinion, point of view, or principal. Raising a child to view abortion or any other medical procedure as "wrong" is a disservice to the child. Christians indoctrinate like any and every other religion. I have often observed cult like behavior in christian churches. because of YOUR religion, I or my daughters would have to bear an unwanted child. Please keep your religious beliefs far far away from my uterus. I don't believe as you do. (that old freedom of religion thing always gets in the way of this debate) Pro-choice IS pro life (that of the woman who is making the choice)
@katran (590)
• United States
18 Feb 09
If all you are going to do is be nasty, I don't want to talk to you. If you can calm down and stop insulting me and drawing unwarranted conclusions (did I even mention religion?), then maybe we can discuss this like grown ups. Your argument fails to recognize the fact that most (yes, most) people believe that life begins at conception. I will "stay away from your uterus" until another human being happens to reside in there and you decide you want to kill that human being. I don't believe in murder and I will not stand by and let murder occur. That is not just something that Christians believe, nor is it only a Christian belief that fetuses are living humans. I do not appreciate having my religion insulted when this is not even a matter of religion nor was religion brought up. Did you see me insulting atheists/agnostics/whatever? No, you didn't.
• Canada
18 Feb 09
You know, you don't have to be religious to be pro-life. Atheist pro-lifers exist, too.
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@matersfish (6311)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Yeah, not to be cynical, but this seems like a PSA with a tiny actress delivering written goods. She does a great job with it, but I can't believe she wrote it herself. I think she'd do okay on that Danny Bonaduce teen acting show! It also seems as if the original YouTube video is being used strictly to deliver a message. Now, if it were just a girl's class speech practice session and not something being used with any sort of agenda, why remove every comment except the ones giving the girl high praise? lol... yeah, I think I'm a little too cynical sometimes, but she definitely sounds more like an actress trying to sound "adult" rather than a young girl wise beyond her years. All the mannerisms and speech inflection seem a bit embelished.
@katran (590)
• United States
16 Feb 09
And they did not remove all the negative comments. They just removed the most offensive ones, probably the stupid and irrelevant ones I am guessing.
• United States
17 Feb 09
You asked for opinions -- I gave mine. If you want to argue in defense for her, that's up to you. I happen to think it's nothing more than a girl acting out a prewritten speech. And I searched every comment on there. The only "bad" ones I can find left have a rebuttal from someone also displaying a positive. But yes, I did see the explanation. A 12-year-old could be very capable of writing and passionately delivering a speech, no doubt about that. I just don't believe what she displays is "passion." Sorry to offend you so. :-)
• United States
17 Feb 09
In no way, shape or form am I attempting to negate her "argument" Furthermore, I'm not bashing the girl's character. I said I think she did a great job with it! However, it is my personal opinion that she's delivering a speech someone else wrote. That's all: an opinion. A simple, meaningless, personal opinion. I win nothing for being write, nor do I lose anything for being wrong. Never once do I claim that a person's "age" would dictate what they do or do not know about a subject, or how well they can "speak" on a topic. I watched the video, I believe she's acting out what someone else wrote, more like a PSA. I could simply be wrong, and that sits fine with me. I don't get how people are reading more into what I said than what I said. Congratulations on the awards, btw. :-)
• Philippines
17 Feb 09
She delivered a clear description of what abortion does to our society, to future aspirants and of course human beings. It is really against the Law of God since abortion is still killing infants even if they are not born, but has the right to live. It is not the fault of a baby inside the womb if a certain mother to be has been rape. The concept of abortion is really evil and i am against it. Whatever the world thinks on this matter, it won't matter if they don't stick to what the Lord tells in His Word, then it is still considered sin and illegal.
@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I would appreciate your opinions if you could render it without the words "god" "Lord" "evil" and "sin". None of those apply. Are you an adoptive or foster parent? Big brother/sister volunteer? Benevolence is more than words or faith.
@tomysole (457)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I don't care how smart the kid is, 12 years old isn't old enough to fully understand the issue of abortion.
@katran (590)
• United States
17 Feb 09
How is it hard to "fully understand"? I don't think it is any harder to understand at twelve than it is at fifteen or sixteen, and a lot of girls get abortions at that age.
• United States
19 Feb 09
I am 28 years old and remember all too clearly about writting and making speeches.It very much reminds me of what our teachers exspected of us. I applaud this child.For having the guts that most adults dont even have.Its amazing to me how much smarter children can be that the government that runs this country.Maybe there is hope for this country in the generation that lies before us.. if the government dosent allow for them to be killed off before they even take their first breath.
• Philippines
17 Feb 09
Children nowadays have much social concerns and are already aware of what's happening on earth. Social issues like abortions are already taught in school and it is good for these children to know the effects and consequences of these at an early age. I will be checking that site.
@KrauseHome (35035)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Personally I think overall this is the Best speech ever, and I compliment this young girl and her parents for taking a stand on such a topic as this. I know that we need more like her to help make a difference and change people's thoughts and beliefs. I know that there are many women out there that nothing could influence them and they will do this no matter what, but also at the same time if more help was available for other alternatives this could make a change for many as well.