A valedictory speech like no other.
June 3, 2021 8:20 AM Subscribe
The heartbeat law recently signed into law by the Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, outlaws abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy as soon as a heartbeat can be detected and before many women are aware they are pregnant. The Texas bill joins at least a dozen other states that have enacted measures designed to ban abortion in early pregnancy. Unique to the Texas bill is a provision that would allow private citizens to file civil lawsuits against anyone (doctors, staff, family or friends) who assists a woman in obtaining an abortion. The people of Austin Texas protested, but what’s getting the most press is Paxton Smith, Dallas area valedictorian who ditched her approved speech: "I couldn't keep my mind on the project. My mind kept wandering to the 'heartbeat bill' and what it meant. So, I started making some notes," she told The Associated Press. The speech she gave is one for the ages.