Alexa Sleadd, a senior from Grants Pass, won first prize at the Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation annual oratory contest for her speech entitled “War on Womanhood.” She performed her award-winning speech in front of 500 pro-life activists at the Oregon Right to Life Conference in Portland.
Sleadd, who won the award last year, finished second in the nation at the National Right to Life Jane B. Thompson annual competition which was held in Pittsburgh in 2010. This year she will travel to Jacksonville, Florida, to represent Oregon at the National Right to Life convention.
“We are immensely proud of Alexa,” said Gayle Atteberry, Executive Director of Oregon Right to Life. “Her success two years in a row is evidence of her tireless work and passion for the unborn and their mothers.”
Oregon Right to Life has hosted a statewide oratory contest for twenty years. Sleadd is the second contestant ever chosen to represent Oregon in two consecutive years.
Alexa Sleadd is the daughter of a stay at home mom and pastor and elementary school teacher in Josephine County. Previously she competed in a home school national speech and debate league for two years. Her speech focuses on sex selective abortion practices that lead to the discriminatory deaths of thousands of baby girls and the abuse of their mothers, particularly in China and India.
“I am happy to have the opportunity to speak out against abortion’s scourge on my generation,” said Alexa. “I hope to continue to use my voice for God’s Kingdom.”
Oregon Right to Life is Oregon’s largest pro-life advocacy organization. Founded in 1970 Oregon Right to Life’s mission is to pursue non-violent means to protect innocent human life from conception to natural death.