Debunking Paxton Smith’s Valedictorian Speech

A response and examination of a spontaneous pro-choice speech.

12 June 2021

Maria D.

Debunking Paxton Smith’s Valedictorian Speech

Paxton Smith, a teenager and valedictorian, just graduated from Lake Highlands High in Dallas Texas. She finished at the top of her class. At graduation she was to speak about media, however, she decided to speak about something she deems an injustice. She finds Texas’ new laws in regards to abortion wrong. In summary, these rules make it difficult to murder your child. Once the heartbeat can be detected, the abortion is illegal (a great win for the pro-life movement and for the unborn). 

She and her speech have received great congratulations, with most of the comments on her Instagram posts calling her a queen and saying she is an inspiration. I do agree that she is an inspiration in one way: she spoke out against what she believes is wrong. It takes a lot of courage to do, and I respect her for it. However, I disagree with her speech and view on abortion. 

Let’s take a look at her speech:

“Starting in September, there will be a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, regardless of whether the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest.”

If a child is conceived through these morally wrong ways, it does not change the value of its life. A human with a criminal father is just as good as a human with a non criminal father. Adding to this, as we pro-lifers know, abortion is not good for women. It causes a lot of trouble for them- emotionally and physically. The trauma of rape combined with the trauma of being responsible for your child’s death would be a huge stress on the mother. 

 “Six weeks. That’s all women get. And so before they realize, most of them don’t realize that they’re pregnant by six weeks, so before they have a chance to decide if they are emotionally, physically, and financially stable enough to carry out a full term pregnancy, before they have the chance to decide if they can take on the responsibility of bringing another human being into the world, that decision is made for them by a stranger. A decision that will affect the rest of their lives is made by a stranger.”

First of all, she brings up being financially unstable to carry a baby. There are so many organizations that would help with this. Knights of Columbus, for example, raises money to fund sonograms for women. There are also a lot of groups that will advertise “help mom ‘k’ choose life” and collect money to help pay the mother’s bills. There are pregnancy resource centers that will also happily help. If you plan to put the child up for adoption, you can make arrangements with whoever wants to adopt it and have them pay for your medical bills. 

Second, how emotionally or physically ready you are is probably not something you’ll know during your pregnancy. It’s expected that you have a lot of emotional ups and downs. Your emotional stability, however, does not change the fact that there is a living human inside of you. Once you are pregnant, to put it frankly like Ben Shapiro, “Facts don’t care about your feelings.” The fact is that you are with child. You may feel stressed out, and rightfully so, but that does not justify killing a human. 

Third, she says “that decision is made for them by a stranger.” Did you know strangers also decided to make murdering a born person a crime? I don’t know who it was exactly that made the rule saying I can’t kill someone purposely on my way home from school and go unpunished, but I’m not upset about that. Sometimes strangers use logic and make good laws with it. 

“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.” 

A child does not ruin your dreams, hopes, or ambitions. It may alter them a little, but it won’t make all of your hard work worthless. Even if your goal in life is to be a single, successful businesswoman, you can still be that. You can keep your child and achieve all of your goals, or you can put it up for adoption and make a family very happy. 

Your control over the future should not require ending someone’s life. Imagine if you killed the person that gets on your nerves, just to make your life easier. That wouldn’t be right, morally or lawfully. 

It is so anti-woman to believe a child ruins ambitions. Women are amazing, right? Everyone should agree with this. So, because a woman has children, she can’t be successful? That doesn’t make sense. Aren’t working moms one of feminism’s highly honored positions?

Paxton (far right) is pictured with two of her band mates

“I hope you can feel how dehumanizing it is to have the autonomy over your own body taken away from you.”

I hope one day Paxton’s eyes are opened to how dehumanizing abortion is. After all, abortion (along with other massive injustices in history) dehumanizes living people. A fetus is a developing human like you and I, just much smaller, yet pro-choicers love to call them “clumps of cells.” 

Your control over your body should be just that- not control over the life inside of it. The other body is the one without control. While it is so small, it can be murdered. That isn’t letting it govern its own body, which is the whole concept of autonomy. 

Let’s talk about bodily autonomy. There are rights you should have in regards to your body. Some of these include getting piercings, tattoos, and deciding what you eat. It is all about having control over yourself. What pro-choicers miss is that there is another person in the picture. The law generally agrees that your rights end where another person’s rights begin. 

If it was her body, it would be her being aborted. She would have 20 digits (not 20 fingers as someone recently pointed out to me, saying thumbs are digits but not fingers), 20 toes, four arms, two brains, two hearts, and so on. Half of the time, she would have to be two separate genders at the same time. She would also have two different sets of DNA. There is so much proof the fetus/embryo is not its mother’s body. 

Lastly, abortion betrays women and women deserve better. 

Source of speech transcript: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/valedictorian-paxton-smith-abortion-rights-speech-transcript/amp

Image sources: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bly_dTUFb8P/?utm_medium=copy_link https://www.instagram.com/p/COYYe-6LCUr/?utm_medium=copy_link

Debunking Paxton Smith’s Valedictorian Speech

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