A Texas valedictorian speech against the state’s newly passed pro-life heartbeat bill is going viral, with a former politician and pro-abortion activists singing her praises.
Paxton Smith was graduating from Lake Highlands High School in Dallas and presented her speech for school approval, as is usually done to avoid any inappropriate material. However, in a last-minute change, Paxton decided to ditch her initial speech without school approval and voice her pro-abortion beliefs and frustration at the Texas government for passing a heartbeat bill, which would limit abortion after the sixth or eighth week of pregnancy.
She’s already getting applause from the likes of Hillary Clinton, who tweeted, “That took guts. Thank you for not staying silent, Paxton.”
Transgender and pro-abortion activist Charlotte Clymer wrote, “This is phenomenal. Texas has a proud history of progressive women being clarion voices. Well done to this young woman. (And yes, I do wish she had used trans-inclusive language, but for a high school senior, I find her courage and clarity incredibly impressive.)”
As part of her speech, Paxton said, “I cannot give up this platform to promote complacency and peace, when there is a war on my body and a war on my rights.”
“I have dreams, and hopes, and ambitions, every girl graduating today does, and we have spent our entire lives working towards our future. And without our input, and without our consent, our control over that future has been stripped away from us,” she continued.
“I am terrified that if my contraceptives fail, I am terrified that if I am raped, then my hopes and aspirations and dreams and efforts for my future will no longer matter. I hope that you can feel how gut-wrenching that is. I hope you can feel how dehumanizing it is, to have the autonomy over your own body taken away from you.”
Her address was met with applause.
However, despite Paxton’s academic achievements, she sells herself and many other young women short by believing the abortion industry’s lies that women are unable to handle academia and motherhood.
No doubt, school is difficult, especially as a single mother, but it’s entirely possible and achievable.
Briana Williams is a perfect example. Her story about juggling young, single motherhood and Harvard Law School, one of the best institutions in the country, went viral in 2018.
She shared on Instagram, “I went into labor in April- during final exam period. I immediately requested an epidural so that my contractions wouldn’t interfere with my Family Law grade. And, with tears in my eyes, I finished it. This ‘biting the bullet’ experience is quite quintessential of my time at Harvard. To say that my last year of law school, with a newborn, and as a single mom was a challenge would be an understatement. Some days I was so mentally and emotionally fatigued that I did not leave my bed. I struggled with reliable childcare. It was not atypical to see me rushing through Wasserstein to the Dean of Students’ office with Evelyn in her carriage, asking DOS can they keep her for a few until class was over. If not, she’d just have to come with me to class. Evie attended classes often.“So I’m going to be honest with you guys…I didn’t think I could do it.
“I did not think that, at 24 years old, as a single mom, I would be able to get through one of the most intellectually rigorous and challenging positions of my life. It was hard. It hurt. Instagram can make peoples’ lives seem seamless, but this journey has been heart wrenching. However, I am happy to say that I DID do it.
“Today, Evelyn in my arms, with tears streaming down my face, I accepted my Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. At first, I was the anomaly of my [marginalized] community. Then, as a single mother, I became a statistic. Next, I pray that- for the sake of my baby, I will be an example.
“Evelyn- they said that because of you I wouldn’t be able to do this. Just know that I did this BECAUSE OF YOU. Thank you for giving me the strength and courage to be invincible. Let’s keep beating all their odds, baby.”
If Briana can juggle motherhood and law school at one of the most academically rigorous and competitive institutions in the entire country, other mothers can do it as well. Paxton is undervaluing herself and other young women by telling them that their dreams and future is contingent on abortion, not the sweet victory of triumphing over adversity.
Paxton should take the lesson of the Proverbs 31 woman to heart, who is a mother, businesswoman, wife, community leader, manager and so many other things. She does it all, without compromising her faith or her family.
As women, and especially as mothers, we can achieve anything. The only thing stopping us, in some cases, is ourselves.