Texas valedictorian goes viral after giving unapproved speech blasting state's anti-abortion bill
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> A Texas high school valedictorian has gone viral for ditching her approved graduation speech to instead denounce the state's anti-abortion bill, which was signed into law last month.
> Paxton Smith, the valedictorian at Lake Highlands High School, had planned to deliver a speech about television and the media, which was approved by school administrators.
> When she was called to the podium at her school’s graduation ceremony, however, she said it “feels wrong” to speak about anything else other than the state’s “heartbeat bill.”
> “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,” Paxton added.
> Hillary Clinton praised Paxton on Twitter, writing that it “took guts” to deliver her speech.
> “Thank you for not staying silent, Paxton,” she added.
Wow, that takes a lot of guts! Proud of her and her message seems well received!
The spine that must have taken, unbelievable. You could hear it in her voice, she started off nervous as hell but then just fucking went for it. Magnificent piece of work
She's got more spine than the whole Republican party. I know they're mostly 70+ year old men, but they're so spineless.
How dare you call Ted Cruz, someone who bent over backwards for a man that called his wife ugly on a national platform, a *man*!
And who blamed his children when he flew to Cancun while his constituents froze.
I’m just a little upset she didn’t get a standing ovation. She owned that shit once she got going.
You can see a couple teachers on stage giving her a standing ovation at the end at least!
I'm surprised someone didn't cut her mic. Back in high school they kept everyone on an extremely short leash.
My school threatened to withhold diplomas for a year for any graduation shenanigans.
No school will withhold the diploma from their publically acknowledged valedictorian, since any lawyer would tear that shit to shreds.
From the story...
> Paxton, who plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin,
But i think you’re right.
99% of colleges would let her in the door if this is the reason they didn’t deliver her diploma.
Lmao I can’t even imagine that would really stand up to anything.
That’s nothing. My school said if you blow horns, throw Beach balls, or made a hand gesture that could be misconstrued as a “gang” sign, you don’t get to graduate
If they try that and you can prove your credits or transcript, they can be sued and forced to release.
It's just a bluff by a bunch of tight-arse admins.
Basically the same ones she was railing against
Yea never believed they could actually not let you graduate for non academic reasons. It’s always a bluff
My graduating class many years ago also had the no beach balls rule too. Students just brought cheap blow up dolls to bounce around in the crowd to get around it.
I will always remember the teacher who didn't realize that it was a blown up condom, not a balloon.
Yes! I don't know about you, but I lived in rural pennsylvania, and I remember our school district was really really concerned about gang signs. There weren't any gangs, and no one was making signs.
Lol that reminds me of my hometown. There were no gangs, but some bored kids started one with an acronym like CKC — cool kids club or sometjing equally silly. No buildings to spray paint so they spraypainted CKC on the middle of the neighborhood road. Cue adult freakout. Gangs!!!
Same and peace signs were considered gang signs
They did that in my California town after the valedictorian tried to speak out against the sexual harassment/assault problem at the school perpetrated by athletes. They’re the golden goose and can do whatever. They shut her down fairly fast.
I like to think that someone tried but another woman who is sick and tired of "small government" assholes trying to legislate her womb stepped in and stopped them.
So proud of Paxton Smith. As a father of an 8-year-old girl, I’m proud of the young women and men fighting for her rights. Thank you to everyone who speaks up!
*Incredibly* well said, even in spite of how terrified she was. She'll go far.
Lake Highlands High School grad here. This is amazing. LHHS is a public school, but they have no reservations when it comes to promoting Christian values. We had only abstinence only sex Ed (among so many other things) and that truly messed me up as far as my knowledge of sexual health goes. I graduated in 08’ and def would have been scared shitless for anyone trying to pull this off. Kudos to you, Paxton! A much needed reality check for the lake highlands community (and all of Texas for that matter)
As a little clarification- all public schools in Texas have to promote abstinence, not just Lake Highlands. It’s stupid and irresponsible, but more young people like Ms. Smith may help change that!
She should be careful now. She’s got a target on her back because dumb broads like Tomi Lahren and Boebert absolutely hate it when real strong women rise to power.
All the “pro-life” people will be out in droves threatening a young girl with death just because she dared speak out. Whatever happened to free speech? I hope she stays safe. She is incredibly brave.
The school admins approved a speech about television and the media... what the heck? Totally no bias going on there eh?
Something something Texas.
Texas is not a state it is a condition.
Am Texan, can confirm
>“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,” Paxton added.
This is the end goal of GOP. They want to eliminate the empowerment of women. Cutting women off from access to birth control and abortion *for any reason.* In their eyes women *must* be birthgivers. They *must* become mothers, they *must* stay at home and focus on raising their children so that men can run the world.
The empowerment of women is a threat to the conservative male establishment, and this abortion law is their retaliation. It's not about life. It's not about fetuses or heartbeats. The intent is completely transparent, made completely obvious by the fact that it makes no exception for rape. This is about punishing women, and putting them in their place. It's about forcing women into the role of mother against their will to prevent them achieving their hopes and dreams.
GOP is trying to go full Republic of Gilead, you never go full Gilead.
GOP: "Hold my beer."
This is where the GOP and all republicans shine. They what perfect autonomy for themselves to behave appallingly by eliminating oversight of themselves by eliminating laws, yet implement tons of laws to prevent women and poor people from being able to live a dignified life.
It's a key tenant of fascism. Woman are a tool for the nation to continue growing and dominating whatever and whoever they please.
That's definitely part of it, but the more nefariously subtle part of blocking safe abortions is keeping the poor poor. Raising a kid is one of, if not the most expensive things anyone will do in their life. Forcing women to have unwanted children is a great way to suppress the working-class.
Same with denying people access to free healthcare and other basic necessities.
Party of small government telling people what to do with their bodies.
While shrieking"My body, my choice!" about being required to wear a mask so as to reduce the risk of killing people.
Pro-life, my ass.
Pro birth. Not pro life.
"No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you're preborn, you're fine; if you're preschool, you're fucked."
The best analogy ever made on abortion and the conservative movement and now the Republicans of Today ever made. Here's the whole quote:
“Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren't they? They're all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you're born, you're on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don't want to know about you. They don't want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you're preborn, you're fine; if you're preschool, you're fucked.”
I refer to them as pro-debt now. Not that I have many chances as yet. Think it's much more accurate
Pro state-forced pregnancy
The Anti-Woman party.
I cant even call them anti abortion anymore personally, republicans are just anti democrat at this point, any stance democrats (even if its just a single one) take republicans will take the opposite, even if it violates traditional republican values
COVID? Masks? Vaccines?
*My body, my choice!*
Abortion? Contraceptives? Sex Education?
*Your body, my choice!*
All life is sacred...unless it steps on my property!
Great speech. She was scared at the beginning, but then she found her groove and you could tell how passionate she is about the topic. She really nailed it.
Hell yeah. As soon as she realized that the die was cast and no one was going to stop her, she just went for it
I'm honestly surprised no one stopped her. Texas graduations are pretty weird to me not being from there. They say the anthem, pledge of allegiance to the American flag, *pledge of allegiance to the Texas flag*, they also have an entirely too long standing ovation for people who have decided to go into the military. Add the opening prayer and you are standing for the first 20 minutes, minimum.
Then, like all graduations, they still attempt to get people to *not cheer* when the person they came to see gets their name called when that is practically the sole reason 90% of them are there.
Holy shit. I graduated HS in rural GA and we didn't even do any of this shit. I think our graduation started with us singing our class song, a few speeches and then line em up. I think the whole thing was done in like half an hour.
They had the speeches and class song as well. I think it was maybe one and half to two hours, but there was also less than 150 students.
Not american...what the hell is a class song?
I'm American, who also went to school in rural GA. Even I don't know.
Have things changed that much in the last ten years? I graduated from a high school near Fort Worth and it wasn't as bad as you describe. Pledges, yes, which are weird AF but it's a thing, but no prayer, no military crap. I don't recall my sibling's graduation a few years later having military/prayer either.
The only difference between my graduation and my friends' graduations in Michigan, not including the obvious different schools and colors, was the Texas pledge.
Yeah, I’m male and I found myself thinking what it would be like to have to make that decision within six weeks. I’d have stress just having to decide moving from my apartment in six weeks. Men have no real concept of what that would actually feel like, yet it’s men making the decision for women. I really admire her for speaking up.
You don’t even get six weeks to make the decision. If you get your period every 28 days, it’s plausible you don’t even realize you’re pregnant before the cut off. You’re lucky to even get two weeks to make that decision with this law.
It's even worse than that. The medical community starts counting weeks from the last menstruation, not ovulation/conception. So 6 weeks pregnant means you're 2 weeks overdue.
This is also not super common knowledge.
My wife and I had a dumbfounded moment in a fertility clinic over this. We did an IUI and our follow-up was 2 weeks later at which point we learned the pregnancy was 4 weeks along. Also twins (but no relevant here).
We found out it worked almost as early as technically possible after a months of drugs, prodding and actively trying/looking/testing.
That “if” is really key, because 28 days is an average, not a rule. There are plenty of women, particularly younger women who tend to have longer or irregular cycles for a variety of reasons. For them, confirming a pregnancy within 6 weeks is even more unlikely, let alone making the decision to terminate.
Edit: not to mention the women who “get their periods” during pregnancy which makes it even more difficult to identify.
Yes I'm really irregular and sometimes my cycles are 35 days which is already 5 weeks.
Yeah, when I was teenager, it was really bad and basically unpredictable. The only way I’ve ever had a “normal” cycle was on birth control, but there were times that my insurance would change and I’d only have access to pills that gave me bad side effects, so I would go without.
For both better and worse, I have an IUD now which has left me period-free for almost 4 years. Sometimes I definitely think “if it failed, how would I know I was pregnant?” but fortunately I’m now living in a country where I don’t have to worry as much about what to do.
Still my heart aches for the women who are burdened with such worries, and disgusted by the lawmakers who will never attempt to understand.
The sad thing is, I think they do understand. The heartache is the point, this isn't to save babies, it's to punish women.
with the added benefit of perpetuating the cycle of poverty! Gotta keep the working class working somehow right?
I’m 31 and still have a very irregular cycle. (I went 5 months without a period last year). It’s a constant “am I pregnant or just not getting a period this month” battle. I also have two nephews that were conceived while my sisters were on the shot/ had IUDs- that’s scary, to be actively trying to prevent pregnancy then not being able to do anything about it if it DID happen.
My ex wife had really irregular periods due to some past medical issues, and had been told that conception was EXTREMELY unlikely without fertility drugs and possibly in vitro, so she was 12 weeks along before we even considered that she might be pregnant. And it was a dangerous pregnancy, which we never even considered terminating, but she had to take it really easy. Ended up giving birth prematurely and our kid spent a month in an incubator. Everything worked out fine, she’s healthy, but I can’t imagine being told you have a non viable pregnancy, the baby definitely won’t make it, your wife might die giving birth, and there’s a procedure that will let you avoid all that, but sorry, the republicans need something to run their campaign on. Fuck these piece of shit motherfuckers.
I’m glad your family is doing well. Even imagining finding out at 12 weeks without those issues is still kind of concerning because there are soooo many prescription drugs with warnings that tell you to not take while pregnant.
I hear you though. It’s not a position I can even picture myself in, but a decade ago a professor told me about this time he had to drive his wife hours across state lines because she was bleeding from an ectopic pregnancy. Since then, my belief in the necessity of abortion has been unwavering.
Exactly! I didn't find out I was pregnant until I was 6 weeks.
That’s the whole point of the law. To make abortion be de facto illegal, but have the Supreme Court hide behind something that lets them technically avoid a complete overturn of roe.
I wonder if they think we don’t see them doing this shit
They know we do. They’re doing it anyway. And the Supreme Court is going to hear a case next year to overturn roe. With the nutbags sitting there now, it’ll likely happen.
Many women don't even find out until 6 or 8 weeks in. They'll have no time to decide.
Odds are we'll see a lot more use of abortion pills "just in case", without the involvement of a healthcare expert, which... I'm no doctor, but I think there will be more hospital visit due to side effects, misuse, overuse, etc etc. But that's Republicans' goal. To make women suffer. They don't* give a shit about babies, they've made that clear for a long long time.
"Oh no, we totally care about innocent babies!"
*cuts funding to social services for struggling families and CPS*
"Well, they shouldn't have had babies if they couldn't afford it."
Republicans: "Every life is important! Abortion is wrong!"
Also Republicans: "Only 500,000 have died from this virus its not that bad, they were old anyway, lets get back to normal."
"prolife" when it suits them.
Not to mention there is an extreme shortage of qualified foster families. (And pretty sure Texas is one of those “no gay couple’s fostering” states too)
It's not about being pro-life.
It is about controlling women. Always has been.
They're the compassionate champions of the unborn (no, not to the point of providing free pre-natal vitamins or maternity leave guaranteed by law)... And the people that revoke support to those between the ages of 1 minute and 125 years.
this, this is the bullshit that is key to remember. Do not think these laws are out of care and concern for the unborn. Some may believe that to be true, but few have thought it through completely. when you discuss with folks, they often don’t get past the birth.
Exactly. Ask one of these anti-choice types what they think will happen should they get their wish and there's no abortions. They have no answer.
And what would the result be? Death. Of mothers and children. More unwanted children dumped into the system, which is already stressed.
An instructive example is Romania under Ceaceasçu, (sp?) who banned both birth control and abortions. Maternal death rates skyrocketed and likewise the number of children "warehoused" in poorly run orphanages, resulting in both physical and psychological illnesses.
But the anti-choice (my tablet tried to correct "anti-choice" to "anti-christianity" and my, isn't that ironic) forces can't or refuse to see past ending abortions. Period.
Reminds me of the Romanian orphanage story https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/07/can-an-unloved-child-learn-to-love/612253/, it was like concentration camps for kids. Way to fuck up whole generation of people.
Abortions won't decrease, deaths from abortions will increase.
This. Education and access to healthcare decrease abortions; abolition has never worked.
And its crazy because you'd think they would be more for education on the topic but instead want to defund planned parenthood & keep sex ed out of schools. Its a lose-lose.
This doesn't affect all women. It affects poor women who can't afford to fly to another state to have an abortion. These affected women happen to be disproportionately ethnic minorities. Middle class white people will be inconvenienced by this law, while poor people's lives will be destroyed. This is what they want. It's always been class warfare.
Let's also not forget it follows the GOPs's favorite policy: fucking kids... over.
Unless you are trying to get pregnant and really looking for signs you most likely will not find out your pregnant before six weeks. Most periods aren't that regular, you could get your period while pregnant, or you could do a test and get a negative result cause the hormones aren't there yet. And that is if you pay attention and take immediate action, which most people won't do.
Exactly. That’s why this law is effectively a ban on abortion for most women.
Even if you found out you were pregnant the first day your period was late it's highly unlikely you'd be able to schedule an abortion within that two week timeframe anyway
Which is exactly what they want.
Perhaps it's time to grease the wheels and make those abortions super quick and easy to get.
I was ten weeks when I found out my second pregnancy.
Plus, most genetic defects or other developmental abnormalities can't be detected at 6 weeks.
> Plus, most genetic defects or other developmental abnormalities can't be detected at 6 weeks.
Earliest is the NIPT at 10 weeks afaik. Which can be expensive, and is optional, many parents to be wait until the 12 week ultra sound.
See! I didn’t even think of that. And you’re supposed to figure out your whole life in that timeframe? Yikes!!!
That’s the idea. They can’t ban it outright (yet), but they can make it incredibly hard to do. And make no mistake, it’s misogynist, racist, and classist to its very core. They are absolutely not doing any of this because they truly believe these babies deserve a good life. They believe those mothers need to pay for their “mistakes” or be little more than child-bearing slaves to someone. It’s all about power and control.
But that same governor says the government can’t tell anyone to wear a mask during a global pandemic that has killed tens of thousands of Texans. So, the cognitive dissonance is not only real but also seemingly encouraged. It’s pretty ridiculous.
It’s pretty fucking obvious that abortion bans are about controlling women when you look into the fact that banning abortions is a less effective way to prevent abortions than making birth control affordable. People who claim to want to prevent abortions and care about the babies won’t even entertain this fact. That’s all you need to know
It's not even having a short time in which to make the decision, many women don't even realize they are pregnant until 6 weeks. That is 100% why they chose that time-line, as it would remove the right to choose in most unplanned pregnancies.
So the idea is basically about making the decision for them, but trying to make it look like they have a choice? That makes sense actually.
I just imagine a world with a bunch of unwanted and potentially unloved or neglected children. Like, how is that a greater good?
I forget which country it happened in, I think somewhere in eastern Europe, where the leader of the country banned abortion because he said it was their obligation to grow the country or something (sorry I'm so hazy on the details). What ended up happening was a bunch of dead women from trying to perform their own abortions and a lot of babies surrendered to the state that didn't have the funds so you ended up with thousands of malnourished and neglected children... ok I looked it up cuz I felt bad being vague. Saw it on a different post.
"In 1966, the Communist dictator of Romania, Nicolae Ceaușescu, outlawed not only abortion but all forms of contraception. He claimed that population growth was critical to the country's future.
10,000 women died from self inflicted abortions or back alley procedures over the span of the two decades under Ceaușescu.
Gynecological exams were mandatory and performed at work. Pregnant women were treated like criminals, monitored by Ceausescu’s secret police force, the Securitate, to make sure the pregnancy was brought to term. It was not uncommon for Securitate to examine stillborn babies to ensure they had not been tampered with in utero.
And the babies? Turned over by tens of thousands to the state, by women who couldn't afford to care for them or as a result of women who already had children dying either from a botched abortion or in forced childbirth.
At the end of Ceaușescu's reign of terror, 170,000 orphans were discovered living in filth and starvation in facilities across the country. The despot who claimed he wanted to grow the populaton to turn Romania into a stronghold didn't do a thing to care for these supposedly precious assets.
The child in this photo http://imgur.com/a/8KTGt2f is 13 years old. As usual, it wasn't about children at all - it was about controlling women.
The US is headed there with Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Texas enacting law after law to criminalize having a uterus. This is and has been the end game."
Here's some articles that also talk about it.
Also imagine having a wanted pregnancy but the embryo isn't viable and dies in utero or will die as soon as it's born, in agony, and being forced to carry it to term anyway. For months having ppl ask you when you're due or if it's a boy or girl or what you're going to name it... you could tell them it's dead inside you or practically is but that just makes a sad and awkward interaction, plus you don't have to tell them but the alternative is to fake being happy when you're not or ignore them when they're just trying to be nice... instead of just being able to get the abortion and then you can mourn your loss in private without everyone from loved ones to strangers bringing it up for you all the time for months. Or having to choose a clump of cells over your life and your family's life when it endangers the woman's life to go through the pregnancy or if it impedes on her ability to provide for the children she already has. It could rob the children of their mother, it could rob those children from getting food in their mouths with an extra one to feed, it could rob them of healthcare in a society where healthcare is expensive. It overburdens and overwhelms our already underfunded welfare and foster systems. There's just so much wrong with banning it on so many levels. And it's just another way to keep the poor poor so they can't rise up against the ultra-wealthy. And the ultra-wealthy will also have plenty of poor, desperate 18yos to be soldiers in their wars, and ppl so desperate for a buck they'll underbid themselves in hopes you'll hire them instead of someone who wants more money to do the same job. It's about controlling women, yes, but it's also about controlling the underprivileged/poor (which also largely impacts minorities) who don't have the means to go outside of the system to access safe abortions. Absolutely nothing about it is because they care about an embryo or future baby. Absolutely nothing. They prove time and again they couldn't care less about it once it's born as they cut funding for education, WIC benefits, Medicare/Medicaid, infrastructure, transportation, social services, vote against affordable healthcare, paid parental leave mandates, equal rights act, gun regulation, and pretty much anything that will help children have the best opportunity at a loving home and to become healthy, productive members of society.
Holy hell!!!! This is the darkest thing I’ve ever read. It’s even more terrifying that this sort of this has actually happened.
I remember those Romanian children now. I had forgotten all about them. I didn’t even know what it was all about at the time.
I read a play in school, can't remember what it was called, but it taught me that "We have to do what is best for the children who are already with us, no matter how much that hurts."
I didn't get married until I was almost 30, to a single dad in his early 40s. Not long after the wedding, he said "Honey, I'm already getting old, so if you want a baby you should have it soon."
I thought about it, how much I wanted to meet a new person who was maybe a little bit like me and a little bit like my husband. I wanted to get to know that person, help them, watch them grow. I thought about our situation, our poverty, and probabilities about our future. I was already skipping meals sometimes so there'd be enough for the youngest to grow on.
I told him "Naw, it's okay, I love your boys, and I wouldn't know what to do with a baby anyway." All true, and I said it with a smile in my voice. But I cried bitterly when I found time alone, and it took time to get over the pain of knowing I had chosen not to ever meet a person who was part me.
That was about 4 or 5 years ago, and I'm certain I made the right choice. I love my stepsons, but they needed a lot of civilizing, and if I'd been busy with a baby I wouldn't have had the time and patience to teach those boys all the hygiene and housework skills they need, starting way at the beginning with the basics of blowing nose in a tissue and getting trash into a trashcan. I still do a happy dance of victory whenever I notice the younger one go blow his nose without a single word of nagging from me.
The idea is to make it illegal but give the Supreme Court a way to say that they’re not technically overturning roe v. wade.
Men can try to understand if they want. These men don’t want to though. They only want control - through religion and politics they can control women and minorities.
You don’t have 6 weeks. 2 weeks late on your period and you mightve conceived 6 weeks ago. It’s a fucking joke it’s essentially just a ban on all abortions because that’s right when pregnancy is even detected
Not even conceived 6 weeks ago. Weeks of pregnancy are counted *from the first day of your last period*. So, "6 weeks pregnant" is actually roughly 4 weeks after ovulation, 2.5 weeks after implantation, and only 2 weeks after it's even possible for pregnancy to be detected by a urine test.
When she said “my sisters “ I got the goosebumps. I felt her intensity of how much she needed to get it out.
How long before Texas legislature makes it a crime to go off script in validictory speeches.
Probably next session. Now the thought of this has come into their head they will definitely try and slide this is in.
Selling dildos is still technically a crime there
They only meet every 2 years, so they have to fuck over a lot of women, poor people and minorites in a very short window of time
Good to see a Texan named Paxton not be a complete waste of atoms.
I liked Bill Paxton 🙂
God he was great.
Much better than the other Bill P...
If you got a problem with Bill Pullman you a problem with me.
And I suggest you let that one marinate!
What did Bill Pullman do?
As Commander in Chief, his initial failure to recognize the alien threat caused the death of untold millions of people.
At the same time, the contributions of Capt. Steven Hiller, David Levinson and Russell Casse (who sacrificed his life to save all human kind) has not been fully appreciated.
Still though, he did not go quietly into the night. He did not vanish without a fight.
She better run! Them rednecks don’t like smart women
Reason why they are so obsessed and afraid of AOC
Amazing when teenagers are speaking more common sense than the entire republican party.
Yeah, my cat speaks more common sense than the entire Republican Party.
Several times a week I scoop out of my cat box more commons sense, decency, and humanity than the entire Republican party
And less toxic
Easier to look at too.
Smith County (Louie Gohmert’s district): “IT’S THE MOST INSPIRING SPEECH EVER!” *elects me*
Me, knocking laptops off of Democratic house members’ desks: “meow”
*\*Disclaimer: I am not a cat.*
President Fluffy would have sat back and let the experts handle foreign affairs, Covid, etc. better than Trump did. Trump actually made things WORSE than if he'd never been there at all.
And, for a bonus, whenever the Russians came around, President Fluffy would have scratched them. :)
“That’s right, Mittens, there’s no logical reason to block an investigation into an incident of domestic terrorism at the U.S. Capitol.”
That's Secretary Mittens to you!
I watched a movie this past weekend concerning abortion, and the pregnant girl (who is 17) in the movie had a great line. She said “why do I need a parent’s approval to have an abortion, but I don’t need their permission to have an actual baby?” and that was so powerful to me.
>I watched a movie this past weekend concerning abortion, and the pregnant girl (who is 17) in the movie had a great line. She said “why do I need a parent’s approval to have an abortion, but I don’t need their permission to have an actual baby?” and that was so powerful to me.
It is a very compelling argument indeed. Anti-choicers love to trot out the argument about minors supposedly not being "mature" enough to decide to abort. Well, if they're so immature, why are they deemed legally "mature" enough to consent to sex - heck, sex without contraception? Why are they deemed legally "mature" enough to decide to carry a pregnancy - whether from consensual sex or rape - to term?
Because it has nothing to do with the welfare of the fetus. In the minds of a lot of these zealots, the potential child is divine retribution there to punish a fornicator, not an actual person.
If they really thought of the fetus as a person, then we wouldn't have so many kids living in poverty.
Not only that, but mature enough to raise a child.
Additionally, Why should they be considered mature enough to care for and raise another human being?
This has happened for a long time. She’s not the first, nor the last, valedictorian to use her platform to speak basic common sense that escapes the old white men of the Republican Party.
I'm a dude, but I think it's a pretty easy call to say that getting raped is the worst thing that can happen to somebody. Now living somewhere where the government tells you that getting raped is \*your fucking problem and you're not getting any help\* is pretty much the worst possible outcome to the worst possible thing you can experience. What in the goddamn fuck is wrong with people.
I had a person tell me my wife deserves to go to prison for murder if she is brutally raped and chooses to abort. "Some people find it therapeutic to raise the child after such an event. It is god's plan for them after all." Yeah, get fucked with that statement. I was livid.
Texans: dOnT TeLl mE tO weAr No mAsk mUh BOdY mUh FreEdumS!
Also Texas: Raped? Gonna have to push that baby out. Sorry it’s the law.
Texas: I don’t care if your baby’s hungry; get a job. Childcare is *your* problem, not mine.
Texas: oh you want heat and electricity in the winter? Step up and provide for your family you baby
Texas: man, this cancun weather is nice especially during a terrible winter storm.
I’m FB friends with my old teacher when I was going to school in another state. He’s pretty active and reposts a ton of political memes, thinks Texas is the best state all around and Cali is a shithole. But he ended up moving to California, and still posts the same things; while his next post would be about how nice this restaurant or mall was, I really don’t understand. He’s not a bad person and pretty intelligent. I just have no clue what’s going on in his head, like he’s hinted at supporting this abortion bill; but also has 3 daughters who are young adults, and clearly loves them. Like cmon man.. I looked up to you before.
As someone from California, I never understood the hate that it gets from Texans. What did we do to them lol. Also the same energy isn't reciprocated AT ALL, I've never seen anyone here just randomly voice their displeasure about Texas like how some Texans do with California.
Texas is dirt poor compared to California and Cali is blasted in the media is being a crime ridden hellhole cause old white men there never stopped watching 80s crim dramas. The whole south tbh thinks Cali is a gang filled, aids ridden, rape nightmare cause of movies.
Plus Texas is basically the conservative version of California as far as population and political influence. So it’s easy to see why Texans would see California as their nemesis.
Sometimes empathy is hard, and stuff that seems obvious doesn't click until it happens to you. Unfortunately men will never get pregnant, so some men will have permanently terrible views on abortion.
Ted Cruz literally said this week: "Your health decisions are yours to make. It shouldn't be your boss, the government, or anyone else forcing you to make those decisions."
It's fucking amazing, the cognitive dissonance.
Also Texans: this girl’s speech.
This took guts.
I do worry about the consequences. She should be alert for backlash, and not just verbal.
She’s probably already getting death threats from the trump cult.
The irony. Death threats from people who claim to be pro life
The bigger irony is they are pro-freedom, but all they do is take away other’s freedom, and assert their control
They’re pro-white-man, classism, maintaining wealth in already wealthy people
>The irony. Death threats from people who claim to be pro life
I mean, ["pro-lifers" literally believe stock market gains are more important than saving lives](https://www.texastribune.org/2020/04/21/texas-dan-patrick-economy-coronavirus/), so...
If a fox news host isn't saying something nasty about an entire generation because of her words by the end of the week I'll be surprised.
Don't even need to tune in to know they're already whinging about how she "ruined what was supposed a celebration of achievement" and "made it about herself." It makes me sick.
Paxton is a hero. I love this - “ I cannot give up this platform to promote complacency and peace when there was a war on my body and a war on my rights. A war on the rights of your mothers, a war on the rights of your sisters, a war on the rights of your daughters. We cannot stay silent”
That line was fucking absolute fire. Really brought it home and highlighted the intensity of her (and other’s) feelings towards the issue. The Republican Party is waging war on democracy, freedom, voting rights, women’s rights, and much more, all while claiming to be protecting ‘Murica. It’s disgusting and this young woman is a hero for standing her ground.
I’m only 25 and I’m already cynical about the future, but Gen Z’ers like this give me hope that tiktok isn’t the only things my fellow youngin’s are involved with, and that change is possible.
Paradigm shift, fam! Let’s do it!
Here is the a link to her speech in full:
Here are the snippets:
>“Today I was going to talk about TV and media and content, because it's something that's very important to me. However, under light of recent events, it feels wrong to talk about anything but what is currently affecting me and millions of other women in the state,”
“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,”
“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,”
She called the bill “a problem that cannot wait,” and said she decided to voice her concerns on a day “where you are most inclined to listen to a voice like mine, a woman’s voice.”
>“I cannot give up this platform to promote complacency and peace when there was a war on my body and a war on my rights. A war on the rights of your mothers, a war on the rights of your sisters, a war on the rights of your daughters. We cannot stay silent,"
I want every local and national reporter asking this question to Manchin and Sinema (oh look at that: [Hickenlooper](https://www.cpr.org/2021/03/12/hickenlooper-still-pushing-for-fed-minimum-wage-hike-isnt-ready-to-ditch-the-filibuster-yet/), too) until they can give a straight answer: "Why do you want to be bipartisan with a party that is looking to strip away women's rights?"
Oh fuck Hickenlooper
I cannot believe that he's pulling this.
He represents COLORADO where we have some of the only late term abortion clinics in the country.
He expanded healthcare and solidified women's rights when he was governor. Is this suddenly not the same state?
Ugh I can't believe he won over Romanoff. It's been a year and I'm still bitter okay lol
Don’t worry Texas Governor will pass a law outlawing girls giving speeches about controlling their bodies. I guarantee it.
*Texas Governor will pass a law outlawing girls giving speeches
We need more people like her 🌟
The party of small government wants to be all up in your vagina. Imagine that.
Why does Texas consistently elect politicians with eyes like pissholes in sand
Girl get pregnant. Right wing anti abortion people: I want my government to think of the welfare of that child! My religion forbids such things. They need to intervene and stop abortions!
After the baby is born and the parents need social assistance due to having a kid they couldn't support: Right wing arseholes again: Why did you have a kid you can't afford! Fck you and your socialism! Let the now born baby starve!
The hypocrisy is mind numbing
Made me tear up. Texas is a fucked up place, but there is hope, and I lies in the educated youth. As a father myself I see so much hope for the generation to come. If we don’t shit the bed first.
What a brave hero. I wish it didn't take such a young woman to call out disrespectful and evil men that tell them what to do with their own bodies. We shouldn't even be having this issue here in America in this day and age. It's time to see progress and respect toward the oppressed and marginalized.
The part about contraceptives failing really hit it home in my opinion. You can be responsible and *still* have your life ruined in Texas
[The youngest “woman” to ever give birth was Lina Medina, who gave birth when she was 5 years old.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lina_Medina)
Thanks to Greg Abbot, Texas could potentially beat that record since obviously theres no reason mom should be limited to be old enough to attend preschool.
That poor child.
Its no surprise that the GOP is trying to usurp power and instate a single party authoritarian regime since they are rapidly fading from being able to get to power be democratic means. The best indicator is their continued embrace of a failed businessman as savior despite his obvious lack of skills, morals and qualification. This was not an aberration, this is the GOP endgame
That’s why they are attacking voting rights so hard. They realized the last go round that what they considered things only wanted by California hippies and no good dem millennials are actually much more popular than they thought. Now they have to stop even more people from voting against them so as to preserve their control over power.
Yes!!! May she be safe and protected from all harm, including the patriarchy who is wrongfully making decisions for her! Let the youth lead us towards a better future of freedoms for all!
Fuck extremists christians.
America, the only country in the world where an unborn fetus has more rights than a person. Once they're born, take away the health insurance and forget about them.
I know her family must be so proud of her!! Go, girl!
"Pro-lifers" sending death threats to a teenage girl in 3...2...1...
She has more balls than the entire republican party combined. The party who is against "cancel culture" sure does want to cancel her though.
definition of a bamf
I was valedictorian. I gave a shitty feel good speech about the good times me and my friends had in high school. In retrospect, I wish I had given a much more charged speech. Something with meaning. A message. One of my biggest regrets.
I’m so proud of her for speaking up. Thank you for actually voicing what needed to be said. Female rights are going backwards & it makes me cry.
Doesn't affect the rich where they will send their child off to "camp".
Congratulations, Texas. You now require a teenager to explain how to respect the rights of a woman and their bodies. Good job!
It's people like her that give me hope for the future generations.
This is the most insane bill, there should a mass exodus from that state for all people who value autonomy and reason. What a fucking shit fest.
Or we stay and fight.