High School Valedictorian's Powerful Speech Emphasizes That 'We Cannot Stay Silent' On Abortion Rights

High school graduation is an important rite of passage for young people and a powerful moment to reflect and take stock of all the things that got you through your teen years and into adulthood. For Lake Highlands high school valedictorian Paxton Smith, the moment of reflection led her to make the decision to throw out her original, school-approved speech and turn her attention toward an issue close to heart: Reproductive rights.

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