A Texas high school valedictorian scrapped her approved graduation address to instead deliver a blistering speech about the state’s new abortion ban.
“It feels wrong to talk about anything but what is currently affecting me and millions of other women in this state,” Paxton Smith, who was named valedictorian of Lake Highlands High School, told the crowd Sunday.
The teen then blasted the “heartbeat bill” signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott “a war on the rights” of her body and those of other girls and women.
“I cannot give up this platform to promote complacency and peace when there is a war on my body and a war on my right,” she told her class.
“A war on the rights of your mothers, a war on the rights of your sisters, a war on the rights of your daughters. We cannot stay silent.”
Lake Highlands valedictorian Paxton Smith went viral for her speech about abortion rights.WFAA