A city council meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina became extremely contentious Tuesday night when 13 year-old Addison Woosley stepped up to the microphone to speak out against abortion and ask the city to outlaw it.
The Raleigh News and Observer reports on what the young girl said to the council, and what happened next:
“On ultrasounds the baby tries to run away from the disturbing instruments that try to kill the baby,” she said. “The baby’s mouth opens wide in a scream when being killed. These babies are alive. They feel being killed. It hurts them and there is nothing they can do about it. There is no way around it. Abortion is murder.”
She then compared abortion to slavery and said she hoped people would look back on abortion with the same disgust as people look back on slavery. She asked people to pick a side.
“Are you choosing to be like the plantation owner flogging the little black child?,” she said. “Or are you going to protest even if it is going to cost you your life like Martin Luther King Jr?”
That’s when the shouting grew stronger.
“Y’all are so disrespectful,” a woman in the audience shouted at the anti-abortion speakers. “Let black people speak for black people when we are in the room. We can speak for ourselves.”
The article also noted that some of the hecklers demanded Mayor Pro Tem Corey Branch cut Woolsey’s speech short. In response, he noted that everyone has the right to speak.
Watch video of what happened below:
A couple of things: I wasn’t uncomfortable with the speech itself, but I was uncomfortable with the fact that it was a 13-year-old girl giving it. She definitely has the right to say these things, of course, but was she coached by an adult into giving her remarks? I have a hard time believing she researched some of that information all on her own.
In my mind, abortion is an adult’s debate, not a child’s. There are a lot of layers to the debate that children don’t understand and when they speak on it, it doesn’t even sound like their own words.
For years, I’ve watched the abortion debate play out here in North Carolina, and usually it’s the left who use children to help them spread their pro-abortion messages. During protests and marches on the state capital, it is not uncommon to see so-called “feminists” bring kids to these marches – some barely old enough to walk, giving them obscene signs about a “woman’s right to choose” and instructing them on how to hold them.
In one particularly disturbing case in 2013, the Burlington Times-News wrote a puff-piece about 12-year-old Madison Kimrey who was … a pro-abortion activist. Her mother, also a pro-abortion activist, would drive her to protest marches (bolded emphasis add):
But the girl from Burlington wants the right to do both those things one day, and on Tuesday she went to the state Executive Mansion to protest legislation Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law that limits abortion access and eliminates the program allowing students to preregister to vote prior to turning 18.
She convinced her mother, Mary — who’d participated in Planned Parenthood’s vigil on Monday — to head back to the Executive Mansion.
Kimrey said she has attended three Moral Mondays on behalf of voting rights, equality and access to abortion.
That’s how she became passionate about voting rights and the ability to preregister before turning 18. Kimrey has written about that topic on her blog — which gets about 200 views a day — as well as her strong feelings about homosexual equality, animal rights and access to abortion.
Though Kimrey recognizes the bill McCrory signed into law doesn’t physically limit access to abortion clinics, she said, “The way he’s made it now, it’s going to be so expensive … it’s going to be near impossible for people to (afford).”
Kimrey would later demand a meeting with then Gov. Pat McCrory (R). When the Governor correctly pointed out that Kimrey was being used as kiddie human shield by adults in the abortion/voting rights debate, liberals here in North Carolina were outraged.
Liberal TV shows on MSNBC and websites like MoveOn, Salon, Daily Kos, and HuffPo wrote glowing profiles of Kimrey, saying she would “restore” our faith in the future of politics. She was treated like a hero for future generations. I found all of it extremely disturbing.
I think we should let children be children, and let the adults take the lead in political debates.
That being said, that Woolsey was heckled as she was just shows the complete disregard Raleigh liberals have for the rights of others to speak out. It didn’t matter that she was a “baby”, as some in the crowd yelled out as she spoke. It was the fact that she was speaking against abortion and making an apt comparison between the “right” to abortion and what used to be the “right” to own slaves. This is a big no no in Raleigh, which is a liberal hotbed of intolerance for conservative viewpoints.
Just a day after that council meeting, North Carolina Democrats cheered over the failure of the N.C. House to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D) veto of a Born Alive bill.
—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–