I’ve decided to post this after Night of the Notables, because my final draft was what I preformed on stage last night. Sure, I had a ‘final’ draft before I stepped out of the wings, but whatever words I accidentally switched or replaced during my time on stage was the true final combination of words I would use.

It was my final performance.

it was my final NotN.

It was my first and last grade ten eminent speech.

But now I’m getting nostalgic, and I like to save that for the end of the year, so scroll down. You’ll find the exact words I said on stage last night.

 

 

Oh Sadie, I wish I could’ve saved you.

Who could imagine that an unwanted child could cause such an injury to a woman? As a nurse for the working class, I see so many horrible things that women inflict upon themselves just because they couldn’t support another child. And it truly pains my heart to see this because I know that these unwanted pregnancies- and in turn these injuries- could be so easily prevented!

I have the knowledge that could help these women, yet I am not allowed to share it. Now where is the logic in that?

You know, they say logic is most often replaced by fear. Who did you fear when you passed those laws that did not give me permission to help others? Who did you fear when you prevented me from speaking freely on matters concerning my own health?

Who did you fear when you told women that they did not have the rights over their own bodies?

Let me tell you who you should fear. You should fear me.

Because unlike you, I am not afraid. I am not afraid to stand up for myself, my rights, my gender. I am not afraid of any obstacles that may stand in my way, whether it is a law or a threat of the entire country; my hands are not about to let go of my rights. I refuse to watch as women’s control over their own bodies is ripped from their grasp, their objections silenced, their solutions condemned. I am Margaret Sanger, and I refuse to let my body be controlled by anyone but myself.