Valedictorian In Texas Scraps Graduation Speech to Protest Heartbeat Bill

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The other day, I came across a video of a graduation speech from a high school valedictorian named Paxton Smith. She changed her preapproved speech at the last minute and decided to protest the Texas Heartbeat Bill instead.

What would have been the reaction if a conservative high school student had secretly swapped out a previously approved speech to spread a message that they believed in – perhaps to air their grievances about the sh*tstorm that is CRT? What if they had wanted to talk about how blue lives not only matter, but are grossly underappreciated? Or even worse in the eyes of liberals, what if this hypothetical conservative had argued the flipside of Smith’s coin: a pro-life stance? What do you think would have happened then? Would they have gotten a congratulatory tweet from the sea hag herself?


Everyone is allowed to have their own opinion regarding abortion. This is America, and the ability to have a debate is what makes us who we are. However, abortion is not something that should be celebrated.

Whenever women (or is it birthing people?) like to celebrate getting an abortion, I think of all of the women who have tried for years, sometimes decades, to start their own families. A lot of women aren’t able to carry children at all. Just because you don’t want your baby doesn’t mean that the entire world needs to congratulate you for killing it.

This story reminded me of the video that surfaced a few months ago of two girls going to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. You can watch the video here if you haven’t already seen it. Things like this are what I’m 100% against. If you get an abortion, that’s your business, but don’t be so happy about it that you’re dancing in the waiting room. Don’t celebrate it, and don’t expect me to celebrate it either.

Paxton Smith is not brave. The soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy nearly 77 years ago were brave. Our men and women in law enforcement uniforms are brave. The people aboard Flight 93 on 9/11 were brave. Paxton Smith is a teenager with a personal agenda who used her 5 minutes of fame to protest something she doesn’t believe in, and nothing more.

She can believe what she wants, but don’t praise her for advocating for the extermination of unborn children. Abortion has become an issue that somehow makes you popular, and that’s sickening.

Abortion is not birth control. Young girls are growing up believing that not only is abortion a normal form of birth control, it’s a popular thing to do that will get you a pat on the back. Life is a gift, and until the younger generations see it as such, we’re doomed for a future that holds no meaning.

The senior ditched the speech she submitted to educators for approval and talked about the recently passed law banning abortion at the detection of a fetal heartbeat.

She said she was going to talk about another topic, but she refused to give up her “platform to promote complacency and peace, when there is a war on my body and a war on my rights” because of the recently passed heartbeat bill.