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Watch: Teen scraps graduation speech to call out 'dehumanizing' abortion law

Submitted by Mashable on June 2, 2021 - 5:47pm

Watch: Teen scraps graduation speech to call out 'dehumanizing' abortion law

You don't have to wait to change the world.

It appears graduating high school senior Paxton Smith knows that well: The class valedictorian didn't waste time or mince words when giving her commencement speech in Texas on Sunday. Instead of delivering a pre-approved speech on teen media use, D Magazine reported, she used her platform to decry a bill Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed that bans abortion in the state at six weeks, a time when most people don't know they're pregnant.

While her voice shakes at first in the video above, Smith gains confidence as she goes on. (The speech starts at the 4:30 mark.) Read more...

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