A Texas valedictorian ditched her approved speech in order to blast the state's new anti-abortion law and it went viral
  • A Texas valedictorian surprised administrators by using her speech to attack Texas's restrictive new abortion law.
  • Paxton Smith was praised by Hillary Clinton for her "courage."
  • "This takes guts," tweeted Clinton.
  • The "heartbeat" bill bans abortions after six weeks and provides no exceptions for rape or incest.

Paxton Smith, the valedictorian at Lake Highlands High School Class of 2021, had received approval to give a speech in which she discussed her perception of the media, she told D Magazine.

Instead, Smith attacked the anti-abortion bill signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in May.

... "Today I was going to talk about TV and media and content because it's something that's very important to me," said Smith.

"However, under light of recent events, it feels wrong to talk about anything but what is affecting me and millions of other people in the state.

"Recently the heartbeat bill was passed in Texas.

"Starting in September, there will be a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy regardless of whether the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest. Six weeks: That's all women get."

She added: "Most of them don't realize that they're pregnant by six weeks. So before they have a chance to decide if they're emotionally, physically, and financially stable enough to carry out a full-term pregnancy, before they have the chance to decide if they can take on the responsibility of bringing a human being into the world, that decision is made for them by a stranger."


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