Attorney General Edward Manibusan and the steering committee announced yesterday that the 36th Annual Attorney General’s Cup Speech Competition will be held on Friday, May 1, 2020, at 9:30am at the Hyatt Regency Saipan ballroom.
“I am proud to present this year’s Attorney’s General Cup Speech Competition…to allow our high school students to debate a topic of…importance to our community. I invite our students and community to witness such great talents from our schools,” said Manibusan.
This year’s topic focuses on abortion. The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade is a landmark decision issued in 1973. The high court ruled as unconstitutional a Texas law that banned abortion unless to save a women’s life. The high court held that a woman’s right to an abortion was implicit in the right to privacy protected by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The decision effectively legalized abortion across the United States.
Prior to Roe v. Wade, abortion was illegal throughout most of the United States. The high court’s decision has proved to be contentious, dividing Americans on the issue of whether women should have the right to choose to have an abortion. After Roe v. Wade, many states enacted state laws placing restrictions on abortion rights.
This year the Supreme Court will take up a Louisiana case that requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital within 30 miles of the facility where the abortion is performed.
Nine high schools have been invited to participate in this year’s competition. The high schools include Dr. Rita Inos High School, Eucon International School, Grace Christian Academy, Marianas High School, Mount Carmel High School, Saipan Southern High School, Tinian High School, Saipan International School, and Kagman High School.
The public is invited. For more information on the competition, contact Carla T. Hocog or Andrea Manese at the OAG on Capital Hill at 237-7500. (PR)