A Texas high school valedictorian who used her platform to promote a pro-abortion message to her classmates and their parents is receiving praise from celebrities and progressive politicians.
On Sunday, Lake Highlands High School valedictorian Paxton Smith swapped her original graduation ceremony speech out for a new speech highlighting the “war” on abortion rights in the United States. According to a glowing profile of Smith in D Magazine, the speech she submitted to the school was about the media and “how much of it she consumes and how that consumption has shaped the way she sees the world.”
On May 19, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed an abortion law that will prohibit Texas clinics from performing or inducing abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected. The bills are known nationally as “heartbeat bills.”
Following the passage of the heartbeat bill, Smith opted to change her speech to reflect her feelings on abortion. She claimed that the bill was “dehumanizing” and took