A well-delivered speech by a 13-year-old at the council meeting in Raleigh on June 4 triggered a strong reaction, triggering jeers and yells from the crowd. At least one child ended up crying and one council member left her seat.
For at least a three times, speakers, which included children, pleaded to the council to make Raleigh a “sanctuary city for the unborn,” reported The News & Observer.
So good to see a young woman Addison Woosley with the courage to speak out against abortion – to try and defend the helpsless – and then what a tirade of yells and screams from those who opposed what she is saying. Why in this day… https://t.co/QT6MrQRjxp
— Sally Packer (@Toymasally) June 8, 2019
Among the pro-life speakers was 13-year-old Addison Woosley. She spoke very articulately and used strong logic, causing some of the audience members to appear to reflect upon her words.
“On ultrasounds, the baby tries to move away from the disturbing instruments they use 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.”
“They’re human beings and they deserve to get the human rights as any other person,” she said. “We need to stand up and protect the babies.”
Addison also quoted a Bible verse, arguing “God says babies are alive in the womb.”
“Some people say that abortion should be the mom’s choice, it’s her body, but what about the baby’s choice? The baby’s body is in the mom’s body.”
She then went to compare abortion to slavery.
“Abortion reminds me of slavery, owners said that their slaves were their property and they could do whatever they wanted with them, just how moms say about their babies. My hope is that in a few years we’ll look back at abortion and think, that was so cruel, I can’t believe we did that, just how we all look back at slavery. The question is, who will you be? The slave owner? The man nailing the whites-only sign on the water fountain? Rosa Parks or Abraham Lincoln? Who are you going to be? Make a choice. My choice is made, I’m here today standing up for what’s right, I’m here today speaking for those who can’t speak for themselves.”
“Are you choosing to be like the plantation worker flogging the little black child?” she said. “Or are you going to protest even if [it’s going to] cost you your life like Martin Luther King Jr.?”
Addison Woosley, a lovely 13-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina, bravely stepped up to the podium at a recent Raleigh City Council hearing and politely explained why she believes abortion should be illegal. “Abortion should be illegal because it is murder….” pic.twitter.com/Zl8bvI50nV
— Call_Me_Karen_Kraft (@me_kraft) June 7, 2019
That’s when the shouting intensified.
Some participants in the crowd interrupted the pro-life speakers by telling them not to speak on behalf of black people and women.
“Y’all are so disrespectful,” a woman in the audience shouted at the pro-life speakers. “Let black people speak for black people when we are in the room. We can speak for ourselves.”
“You are a black man,” she said, directing her words to Mayor Pro Tem Corey Branch. “You need to stand up and recognize.”
Branch was running the meeting due to Mayor Nancy McFarlane’s absence. He hit the gavel a few times and said, “I need order in here.”
“So, yes, I am a black man,” he said. “And, yes, everyone who signs up has a right to speak. That is the rules of the land. I can’t come up here and say you can speak or you can’t speak.”
The little girl’s speech ignited some reactions on the internet, here are some of the reactions from Twitter users:
Thank you Addison Woosley for speaking up! These adults who think they know Life are jackals who know nothing at all.
Adults rudely heckle 13-yr-old’s heartfelt anti-abortion argument, council hearing turns to melee https://t.co/pYtqkMiM6W via @BIZPACReview
— James Elliott (@saorwngtsn) June 6, 2019
Disgusting! So ONLY black people can speak for black people? Really??? Thank GOD white people spoke against and abolished slavery. You can’t win, today. If you’re silent about certain issues, you’re a racist. If you speak up, you’re a racist. Speak that truth Addison Woosley!!!
— Ryan Bomberger (@ryanbomberger) June 6, 2019