Perhaps it was because even the ACLU came to young Elisabeth Trisler's defense, I don't know.
Whatever, Democrat pro-abort OH House Speaker Armond Budish has had a change of heart.
On February 3 Budish blocked the OH teen from being honored on the House floor for winning National Right to Life's 2009 teen oratory contest....
This was because, as Cleveland.com reported, Budish "bec[ame] uncomfortable with the 'politically sensitive' nature of the group sponsoring the contest, Budish spokesman Keary McCarthy said. 'You want to save these occasions for times when the House can jointly celebrate their constituents' achievements without the undertone of politics,' McCarthy said."
Enter OH Right to Life, which broadcast Budish's free speech breach, a pick-up of the story by free-speech loving MSM, and even the OH ACLU, and voilà, Budish today said nevermind. Reported Cleveland.com:
But Budish... has rethought his decision and now hopes that Trisler can come to the House floor to pick up her resolution.
Budish spokesman Keary McCarthy said Budish was concerned about "inaccurate" criticism that he was silencing the teen because she disagreed with his stance supporting abortion rights.
"'Inaccurate' criticism"? lol.
It must have really hurt, but Budish was even forced to grovel at the feet of OH RTL Executive Director Mike Gonidakis, who said in a statement:
"Speaker Budish recently called me to convey his change of heart and I thanked him on behalf of the pro-life community," said Gonidakis. "Blocking speech because you don't like what someone is saying or what they stand for goes against the very fabric of who we are as Americans. And, while the speaker got there the hard way, at least he got there."
Read Elizabeth's prize-winning speech here.
[Top photo via OH RTL; bottom photo via Cleveland.com]
Why honor some kid who thinks that life is sacred? Now, if she had a few abortions before the senior prom, I'm sure Budish would have given her a scholarship to the State University.
What a wicked slime.Posted by: Gerard Nadal at February 10, 2010 4:18 PM
Elizabeth wrote a wonderful speech!Posted by: Kel at February 10, 2010 4:22 PM
Yes, it is an excellent speech. She deserved the award - and let's hope the controversy means many more people will read it!
"'You want to save these occasions for times when the House can jointly celebrate their constituents' achievements without the undertone of politics,' McCarthy said."
Right, and do we have inaugural festivities when the candidate from one party or the other is elected Governor or President?
And why is it that ONLY pro-life organizations are framed as 'politically motivated', while it's Planned Parenthood-also a nonprofit- who lobbies and receives hundreds of millions of federal dollars annually? Why is PP not considered 'political'?
Why doesn't National Right to Life get the same amount of money annually? They're nonsectarian.
Do people actually STILL buy this dung? It's a sick joke.Posted by: Gerard Nadal at February 10, 2010 4:28 PM
oh doncha know it's because prolife organizations are hatemongers and intolerant
rock on Elizabeth!
We are gonna need lotsa young people like you to save our world. ;)
Budish was made to crow! hahaPosted by: angel at February 10, 2010 5:38 PM
Excellent speech! Congratulations!
From a very grateful post abortive mom
Finally common sense prevails.Posted by: Abortion Pros and Cons at February 10, 2010 7:13 PM
My blood is starting to boil.Posted by: Ed at February 10, 2010 8:05 PM
This was a great speech. I'm glad Elisabeth brought up the Jay Leno connection. I've enjoyed Jay's comedy for years. It's interesting that comedian Jimmy Brogan, Jay's good friend, is Catholic to the core and left The Tonight Show around 2000 (was a head writer there) to do clean stand-up on his own. (He's hilarious.) I hope and pray the radical abortion agenda is more Mavis Leno's thing than Jay's. Jay seems to be controlled by people with whom he bonds (example, Helen Kushnick, his manipulative, fly-off-the-handle manager in the early nineties). My gut-level feeling is that Mavis is in charge here, Jay wants to please, and Jay will have plenty of cars to keep him company in his old age.Posted by: Mary Thomas at February 10, 2010 8:35 PM
I had the honor of judging the NRLC speech contest and Elizabeth did a fantastic job. Great speech and great presentation.Posted by: Steven Ertelt at February 11, 2010 8:20 AM
Excellent speech. I'm so glad that she will be honored for it.Posted by: Lucy at February 11, 2010 9:42 AM
Great speech, and gotta love a girl who spells Elisabeth "correctly"... LOLPosted by: Elisabeth at February 11, 2010 9:46 AM
Fantastic speech! And much like the offshoot over the pro-aborts response to the Tebow ad, they have hoisted themselves upon their own petard by again trying to suppress free speech.
For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.