National Pro-Life Oratory Contest Winner Explains Historical Buildup to Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
July 8, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Last week, Blake Adams, a high school senior from Powder Springs, Georgia won the national pro-life oratory contest sponsored by the National Right to Life Committee. Adams walked listeners through the historical buildup to abortion with the destruction of the concept of absolute truth.
The competition took place on Saturday and it saw competitors form about 30 states give 5-7 minute pro-life speeches covering abortion and bioethics concerns.
Blake received a $1000 prize for his winning speech and presented it to the several hundred pro-life advocates who attended the Right to Life group’s closing banquet.
To get to the finals in Washington, Adams won a local competition in Cobb County, the Georgia state competition and advanced through the first two rounds of the preliminaries at the convention.
At the NRLC banquet, Adams received the scholarship and winning trophy from Dr. Wanda Franz, the longtime president of the pro-life group.
Adams comes from a home-schooled family of 11 children, where he learned the vital truth about the sanctity of human life.
"I am grateful to Georgia Right to Life and the NRLC for their encouragement, support and prayers," Adams said, according to a statement LifeNews.com received. "They have given me the privilege of honoring and glorifying God by speaking the truth for those who cannot speak themselves."
Daniel Becker, the president of Georgia Right to Life, said he is excited his state produced the winning contestant.
"Blake has done an exceptional job of humbly establishing how vital the truth of personhood is in a society which has tried to change the meaning," he said.
The judges in the competition, coming from pro-life groups across the country, rated the speeches in terms of content and delivery. The contest has been in place for many years and Minnesota state senator Michelle Fischbach is the national coordinator.
LifeNews.com editor Steven Ertelt and business manager Julie Ertelt participated in the judging.
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