This Texas Valedictorian Ditched Her Approved Speech To Talk About Abortion Access

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More than ever, it’s obvious that high school students are more attuned to what’s happening in the world than some of (many of, actually) our elected leaders. Case in point: Paxton Smith, a graduating senior from Dallas, TX, who decided to ditch her pre-approved commencement speech in favor of a message about abortion rights.

On Sunday, during the Lake Highlands High School class of 2021 graduation ceremony, Smith told the audience that she had planned a speech about the impact of TV and media on young minds. But after Gov. Greg Abbott…


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