Selfish or Brave? Netizens at Odds After Texas Valedictorian Hits Out at State’s Abortion Ban

In May, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill banning abortions as early as six weeks, saying the legislation would ensure that “every unborn child with a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion”.

Netizens continue to remain at loggerheads over the valedictorian at a Texas high school criticising the state’s abortion ban during her graduation speech.

Paxton Smith’s address to the graduating class of Lake Highlands high school apparently went off script after she moved to focus on the topic, recalling that as of September 2021, “there will be a ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, regardless of whether the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest”.