Hannah Andrews was selected as a finalist in the state oratory contest for Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.
The contest, sponsored by the Forest Lake MCCL chapter, is open to juniors and seniors who present a five- to seven-minute pro-life speech.
Her speech focused on stem cell research and the difference between embryonic and adult stem cells.
Andrews said adult stem cells can be harvested and extracted with minimal effect to the donor and used in treating 73 types of diseases and conditions.
No human beings have been successfully treated with embryonic stem cells, she said, and the embryo is always destroyed.
She questioned government funding of embryonic stem cell research, asking “Is it appropriate to kill one person to heal another?”
The winner of the state competition will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Right to Life Contest in Dallas.
Andrews is a high school senior from Ham Lake. This is her second year competing. Last year she was chosen as the alternate for the Minnesota winner who went to nationals.