Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

July 10, 2013

Pittsboro teen places fourth in national contest


— Cole Smith, 18, of Pittsboro, received fourth place in the National Right to Life Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest. The contest was held in Dallas at the National Right to Life Convention.

Smith earned his right to compete in the national competition after first competing in the local oratory contest sponsored by Right to Life of Indianapolis and the state competition sponsored by Indiana Right to Life.  

Smith’s speech highlighted the personhood of a baby in the womb. He also shared that doctors recommended he be aborted to preserve his mother’s life and that his mother lost his brother in the second trimester of pregnancy.

“Cole is a gifted orator and we’re pleased he received fourth place at the National Right to Life competition,” Mike Fichter, president and CEO of Indiana Right to Life, said in a press release. “Cole’s speech on the right to life of an unborn child in the womb provides an excellent defense of the pro-life position and we encourage him to continue defending the voiceless among us.”

Marc Tuttle, president of Right to Life of Indianapolis, added,

“Our young people will be the generation to end abortion and with young leaders like Cole, we know they are up to the task. Cole’s articulate defense of the unborn highlights the growing number of young people engaging in the pro-life movement.”

Smith recently graduated from his homeschool education. He plans to attend Purdue University in the fall for agricultural business with an emphasis on finance.

The National Right to Life Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest is open to high school seniors and juniors.