St. Thomas More High School senior Christine Doré won first place and a cash prize in Louisiana’s annual Pro-Life Oratory Contest, presenting an emotional story of how her mother chose life for her after finding out she had an untreatable brain tumor.
Christine, 19, is from Lafayette and was the winner from the Lafayette region.
Winners from regions around the state are invited to participate in the statewide Pro-Life Oratory Contest, which is traditionally held in May in coordination with the Knights of Columbus Convention. However, because of COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s state contest submissions were submitted and judged online.
Christine’s mother and father, Dr. Danielle and Kevin Doré, were pressured to pursue abortion because Danielle’s doctor believed it was their only avenue to extend her life. The OBGYN said, “I think you should have an abortion. An abortion could possibly give you more time […] It’s in your best interest to terminate this pregnancy.”
Christine acknowledged her parents, who were in the audience as she gave her speech at the local level.