April 23, 2012 (Suwanee, GA) – Tinsley Griffin, a representative of Coastal Empire RTL, Savannah, won first place in the 2012 Georgia Right to Life Oratory Contest held April 21st at the Suwanee Library in Suwanee, Georgia. She will represent Georgia Right to Life at the National Right to Life Oratory Contest which takes place at the NRLC convention in Washington, D.C. in June.
Tinsley is 17 years old, homeschooled and a resident of Savannah, GA. She relayed devastating stories of women who felt coerced into having abortions by physicians, counselors, employers, and more. “Suicide rates following abortion are six times higher than average,” Tinsley said. “These ladies are left with guilt, emptiness and devastation.”
Second Place went to David Diaz, of the Greater Augusta RTK. “Our current culture of death,” David said, “now wants to eliminate the burden of unwanted children, the disabled, and the elderly. To do so, however, is not only morally wrong, but it takes away the chance for us to grow as individuals – to allow these human beings to call forth what is best in us, the capacity to love and sacrifice.”
Participants in the contest are high school juniors and seniors who research and write an original five to seven minute speech on prolife topics such as: abortion, embryonic stem cell research, infanticide and euthanasia. Having first competed locally, these inspiring students represented chapters from all over the state, including: Augusta, Cobb County, Atlanta, Hall County and Savannah.
Georgia Right to Life is pleased and proud to sponsor this event each year. Tinsley and a guest will enjoy an all-expenses paid trip for her to compete at the national level in Washington, DC. Good luck, Tinsley!
Kudos to each of our participants – our prolife leaders of tomorrow!