Skip to comments.Miss America Contestant Told Not to Mention Pro-Life Views
Posted on 04/25/2012 4:23:33 PM PDT by wagglebee
In a new interview, Miss Delaware, Maria Cahill, who is a pro-life advocate, talks about how she was instructed to not mention anything about her pro-life views during the pageant.
Maria is the second oldest of seven children, and has always been passionate about the pro-life movement:
It came from growing up in a household where the value of life was respected no matter what the case. I became even more involved when I met women that were contemplating abortion. Seeing the pain in their eyes and hearing them talk about the fact that they believed that there was no other way out was heart wrenching; and honestly made me want to make a difference, she has said.
She previously indicated the Miss Delaware organization would give her the opportunity to publicly share her beliefs.
I have heard that because I am in the public eye, I have no right to speak about the pro-life movement. I feel the total opposite. There is a crown on my head for a reason. I am trying to save innocent lives and if it takes a crown for people to maybe consider this issue a little further, then my mission has been accomplished, she said.
Now, in an interview with Town Hall, she says the Miss America pageant did not want her to share her pro-life views.
I heard a lot of people say that because I was Miss Delaware and represented the Miss America Organization, for that reason, I had no right to talk about anything political, Cahill tells Townhall. In my mind, I thought exactly the opposite.
As Elisabeth Meinecke, Townhall Magazine Managing Editor, indicates:
To Cahill, abortion is not part of any GOP war on women or infringement on womens rights.
With this [birth-control] mandate and the so-called war on women, she says, I feel like people dont know both sides and theyre not getting to the real root of the problem, and that is another life is at stake. I think getting to the root of the problem is where the solution lies.
Cahill offers a much-needed voice in the movement, one that is not afraid or ashamed of her beliefs. Referring to the use of the empty platitude created by pro-abortion activists of My body, my choice, she exposes its lack of morality: No one likes to think of themselves as selfish. But whenever those terms get thrown around like My body, my choice, youre just bringing it all back onto yourself, and, to me, thats selfish, whether people want to believe it or not.
She has attended the March for Life every year as well, including an appearance this past January as Miss Delaware.
I was really debating going as Miss Delaware or not. I did not tell my directors I was going, Cahill reveals.
But, she is glad she did. Speaking of her experience of this past March for Life, Cahill said the best part was how thankful people were that they had another voice in their corner.
Cahil is a prime example of someone who recognizes that beauty is not only seen in a beauty contest but in the wonderful and awesome development of human life before birth and she is willing to stand up to the powers that be to proclaim that truth.
The left is horrified at the thought of someone going on TV opposes murdering babies.
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If it were me, at the first opportunity to get before the microphone, I would tell them that “nothing is more precious than life, including their beauty pagent, and I WILL NOT compromise my principles for personal gain.”
Then I would walk off.
If they choose to do so, the decision and any sanctions against this lady need to go viral and the pageant should be boycotted.
IF not, who are they going to offend but the same people who already consider the pageant to be 'exploitation of women' or somesuch and probably will not watch it anyway.
Considering the new passion for ambushing these women on Leftist issues during the interview portion of the contest, they darn well ought to be able to express their passions too.
This isn’t a one way street Lefties.
Isn’t that the once great institution that now allows transexuals to enter, and destroys anyone with bedrock American morals?
But somehow it’s OK for a tranny to be in the Ms. Universe pageant?
God Bless her. What a true role model for young women.
Prejean led the way.
Good Timing. Erika Harold, Miss America of years past is thinking of running for Congress in her Champaign-Urbana hometown district.
I don’t know about now, but back in 2004 a former Miss Wisconsin was the executive director of one of the great pro-life organizations based in Chicago. I can’t remember her name, but I sat at her parents’ table at a Catholic Coalition dinner ramping up for the Bush 2004 campaign. She was the featured speaker and a lovely person.
I also met Paul Ryan at that dinner (he was the Master of Ceremonies) and several other leading Wisconsin politicians. Since that dinner, Bush was re-elected, Ryan has become a star, a state representative that I met there took a tour in Iraq and came home to become a judge, & another state rep that I met that night has become a state Senator.
I like her.
Ya, suppose some idiot judge, a la Perez Hilton, asks her about abortion? What is she supposed to say? Isn’t the point to express your views on a subject if asked?
On the other hand, these pageants should say that certain subjects are off limits, if they want to NOT make controversial political statements.
But on yet another hand, if the goal is to embarrass these women, and make a liberal political statement, then we will see her villified at some point.
Then I would walk off.
I agree with everything you said except, "Then I would walk off.". I would say, "I will speak out for life and if you want to stop me you will have to remove me from this pageant." Don't ever walk off because they then have bullied you and they win. Stand your ground. Make them remove you, if they will, but then they become the ones who are forced to demonstrate their aggressive anti life stance and reveal themselves for who they are. When you walk off, you give into them in a different way that isn't necessary, nor productive. Again, when you are right, stand your ground, then you put the ball squarely back in their court and they will have to figure out what to do with it.