2017 Prolife Speech Contest

Why does every human life matter?

This is one of the most important questions you’ll ever ask.

Take the plunge and write a speech about a life-and-death issue from a prolife perspective. You may be surprised at what you find.

If you’re a middle schooler or high schooler in Howard County, you are more than welcome to enter our 2017 Prolife Speech Contest!

The deadline for submissions is 11:59PM Friday, March 31st, 2017.

Students in grades 7 and 8 should write a 300 to 500 word pro-life essay on the topic:

How would you give a pro-life response to your peers (classmates) who think abortion should continue to be legal and accessible to everyone who wants one?

Students in grades 10 and 11 should write a 300 to 700 word pro-life essay on the above topic or:

Abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, or assisted suicide.

Students in grades 11 and 12 should write a 600 to 1000 word pro-life essay (necessary to meet the time requirement for the state oratory contest) on any of the above topics.

Deadline for entries is March 31, 2017.

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Tell your friends at school, youth group, or Sunday School! We’d love for everyone in Howard County to know about this opportunity!

Guidelines

  • All students in grades 7–12 who live or attend school in Howard County are
    eligible to compete
  • Students will compete in a group based on their grade
    • Group A: Grades 7–8
    • Group B: Grades 9–10
    • Group C: Grades 11-12
  • Students will submit a 250-300 word essay to howardcortl@gmail.com by 11:59PM Friday, March 31st, 2017
  • The email with the essay will list the student’s grade, school, and phone number
  • After the essays are screened, students with winning essays will be invited to present their essays as a speech
  • The winning speakers will be given cash prizes, as shown below:
    • Grades 7–8: $100 (1st place), $50 (2nd place), $25 (3rd place)
    • Grades 9–10: $100 (1st place), $50 (2nd place), $25 (3rd place)
    • Grades 11–12: $100 (1st place), $50 (2nd place), $25 (3rd place)
  • The top two winners in 11–12th grade will advance to the statewide speech
    contest sponsored by Indiana Right to Life

If you have any questions, email us at howardcortl@gmail.com!

Abby Johnson is Coming to Indiana!

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Abby Johnson, an ardent prolife advocate who God delivered from the abortion industry, will be speaking on Wednesday, August 24th at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church (17201 Springmill Rd. Westfield, IN).

Abby will share about her experiences as the director of a Planned Parenthood abortion center, the events that changed her life, and her conversion to a prolife activist. All are welcome to come at 6PM for an hors d’oeuvre reception in the parish hall. The program will begin at 7PM in the church.

There is no charge for admission, but your donation will benefit Great Lakes Gabriel ProjectFor more information on Abby, visit abbyjohnson.org. For event details, visit the church website or call Dave Bangs at (765) 860-6006.

From Abby’s website:

Abby Johnson has always had a fierce determination to help women in need. It was this desire that both led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, and caused her to flee the organization and become an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement. During her eight years with Planned Parenthood, Abby quickly rose in the organization’s ranks and became a clinic director. She was increasingly disturbed by what she witnessed. Abortion was a product Planned Parenthood was selling, not an unfortunate necessity that they fought to decrease. Still, Abby loved the women that entered her clinic and her fellow workers. Despite a growing unrest within her, she stayed on and strove to serve women in crisis.

All of that changed on September 26, 2009 when Abby was asked to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion.

She watched in horror as a 13 week baby fought, and ultimately lost, its life at the hand of the abortionist.

At that moment, the full realization of what abortion was and what she had dedicated her life to washed over Abby and a dramatic transformation took place. Desperate and confused, Abby sought help from a local pro-life group. She swore that she would begin to advocate for life in the womb and expose abortion for what it truly is.

Planned Parenthood did not take Abby’s exodus sitting down. They are fully aware that the workers who leave are their greatest threat. Instantly, they took action to silence Abby with a gag order and took her to court. The lawsuit was quickly seen as the sham it was and thrown out of court.

The media was, and continues to be, intensely interested in Abby’s story as well as her continued efforts to advocate for the unborn and help clinic workers escape the abortion industry. She is a frequently requested guest on Fox News and a variety of other shows and the author of the nationally best-selling book, Unplanned, which chronicles both her experiences within Planned Parenthood and her dramatic exit.

Today, Abby travels across the globe sharing her story, educating the public on pro-life issues, advocating for the unborn, and reaching out to abortion clinic staff who still work in the industry. She is the founder of And Then There Were None, a ministry designed to assist abortion clinic workers out of the industry. To date, this ministry has helped over 150 workers leave the abortion industry. Abby lives in Texas with her husband and five precious children.

Learn more on Abby’s website and in her book Unplanned!