By Kathleen Gilbert

TORONTO, February 18, 2009 ( – Though 12-year-old Lia’s popular pro-life presentation did not win a regional speech competition last night, she and her family are celebrating what they call the “best trophy ever” – the saving of an unborn life, after Lia’s words convinced a stranger not to abort her child.

A video of Lia’s 5-minute speech, in which the sprightly and articulate 7th-grader gives a point-by-point argument against abortion, has attracted over 200,000 views on Youtube and a flurry of comments, in addition to increasing news media coverage. (To view the video, go to:

Despite warnings that her pro-life message would disqualify her from the school competition, Lia’s speech impressed both her pro-choice teacher and the school so deeply that she won the contest, despite a controversy that erupted in the judge’s panel, which had at first disqualified her. Winning the school wide contest meant she would go on to compete at the regional level.

Lia’s mother told Matt Lockett of the Moral Outcry blog that Lia presented the speech at the regional contest flawlessly, and though many testified to hers being the strongest speech, the family believed she likely lost because she spoke on the topic of abortion.

After learning she had lost the competition, Lia’s mother wrote: “Lia wasn’t really that upset though, especially when she considered that the only difference between winning the competition and not winning was having a couple extra pictures taken and being given a small trophy.

“Lia has a much bigger trophy – somebody commented to us on our YouTube account that her aunt watched Lia’s video and decided to NOT have an abortion because of it. Yay God! Others have commented that they either never thought of the issue before or were pro-choice – but now they have changed their opinions. So, having a life saved is the best trophy ever!” wrote Lia’s mother.

See previous coverage:

12-Year-Old Stuns Pro-Choice Teacher and School with Pro-Life Presentation