Texas valedictorian goes viral after giving unapproved speech blasting state’s anti-abortion bill

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> A Texas high school valedictorian has gone viral for ditching her approved graduation speech to instead denounce the state’s anti-abortion bill, which was signed into law last month. > Paxton Smith, the valedictorian at Lake Highlands High School, had planned to deliver a speech about television and the media, which was approved by school administrators.  > When she was called to the podium at her school’s graduation ceremony, however, she said it “feels wrong” to speak about anything else other than the state’s “heartbeat bill.” > … > “I am terrified that if my contraceptives fail, I am terrified that if I am raped, then my hopes and aspirations and dreams and efforts for my future will no longer matter,” Paxton added. > … > Hillary Clinton praised Paxton on Twitter, writing that it “took guts” to deliver her speech. > “Thank you for not staying silent, Paxton,” she added. > …

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Great speech. She was scared at the beginning, but then she found her groove and you could tell how passionate she is about the topic. She really nailed it.

CMelody

Party of small government telling people what to do with their bodies.

whyneedaname77

Amazing when teenagers are speaking more common sense than the entire republican party.

Inappropriate_mind

Texans: dOnT TeLl mE tO weAr No mAsk mUh BOdY mUh FreEdumS! Also Texas: Raped? Gonna have to push that baby out. Sorry it’s the law.

UeckerisGod