A Line-by-Line Response to the Valedictorian Speech by a Texas Teenager

By guest author Ben Revermann


The following article features a much publicized and applauded valedictorian speech by Paxton Smith, a Dallas, Texas high school graduate who forsook her approved speech so she could instead engage in an impromptu lecture on abortion. For each line of her speech, I’ve added my own thoughts and moral corrections in the italicized text. This girl should not have been applauded; she should have been corrected.


Lake Highlands Class of 2021, your valedictorian, Paxton Smith:


I’m not usually very good at expressing my gratitude for the people that I care about,


Along these lines Paxton, and you might not believe it, but that little being that could be living inside you can’t express its gratitude either, but I assure you, that baby is silent but grateful.  


but I would like to say, thank you to Coach. I think he’s had a bigger role in my life than he realizes.


It is good to have positive role models, especially males.


Okay. As we leave high school, we need to make our voices heard. 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 this state.


This statement isn’t true, it would only affect you if you were pregnant, which Paxton isn’t.


Recently, the Heartbeat Bill was passed in Texas. 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.


Rape and incest make up less than 2% of all abortions, lets focus on the other 98% of women that are just lazy or didn’t take precautions, didn’t wait till marriage to get pregnant, or just repeatedly have unsafe sex. Six weeks. That’s all women get. Paxton, seriously, if you got raped, (and we hope you don’t), if you’re not going to the doctor the next day, but instead are waiting 6 weeks or more after a rape, then being pregnant might not be your biggest problem.


And so before they realize, most of them don’t realize that they’re pregnant by six weeks,


I find it hard to keep accidental pregnancies and rapes in the same category.


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.


If in this case, the ‘mother’ is deciding to kill her own child, maybe someone who is not familiar with the situation should be the one in charge of the decision making. That baby is alive whether or not it is convenient to you.


A decision that will affect the rest of their lives is made by a stranger.


Your decision to kill the living baby inside of you will affect the rest of that baby’s life, no matter how short you decide to make it. 


I have dreams and hopes and ambitions.


We all do, and that baby would have as well.


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.


Again, you, Paxton, are trying to justify stripping that baby of its life, without the baby’s consent or control.


I am terrified that if my contraceptives fail,


Or you could wait until you’re married. According to the University of Virginia, 50% of married women report that they are ‘Very Happy’ vs. 25% of single women.


I am terrified that if I am raped,


A friend of my sister’s took her 10 year old son to a BLM rally, she complained when her son saw two guys get shot, she then complained that she was trampled and her son got hurt. Had she not gone, both her and her son would have been much safer. Rape is usually spontaneous, but it seems that Paxton is almost assuming, or planning on getting raped. How is your outlook this bleak?


then my hopes and aspirations and dreams and efforts for my future will no longer matter.


You mean how that baby’s life doesn’t matter? When did having a child become some dystopian death sentence? 


I hope that you can feel how gut wrenching that is.


Yes I do Paxton, I’ve seen those videos of those babies being ripped apart by those disgusting vacuum cleaners. Or injected in the soft spot on the top of their little heads, killing their brains, yes it is gut wrenching.


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


Like you’re doing to the baby? That baby is a separate human being, and you want to take away its autonomy, then complain about your autonomy? You are selfish.


And I’m talking about this today, on a day as important as this, on a day honoring 12 years of hard academic work, on a day where we are all gathered together, on a day where you are most inclined to listen to a voice like mine, a woman’s voice


I don’t understand. You did the best in your class, so you get to give the speech, somehow you’re still a victim here?


to tell you that this is a problem, and it’s a problem that cannot wait. And I cannot give up this platform to promote complacency and peace when there is a war on my body


The war on the babies’ bodies don’t matter?


and a war on my rights,


So you don’t think a baby has any rights?


a war on the rights of your mothers, a war on the rights of your sisters


unless they had been aborted when they were fetuses,


a war on the rights of your daughters.


You mean the daughters you want to abort?


We cannot stay silent. Thank you.


You’re right Paxton Smith, in honor of your special day I would like to introduce you to a very unique woman. A woman who you think should be heralded and applauded, her name is Alex Chernov. Who is Alex Chernov you might ask? As of the week of Jun 5th of 2020, Alex Chernov live streamed her 100th abortion. The Guinness Book of World Records didn’t want her record, (thank God), but that never stopped Alex.


So Paxton, since you’re so worried about this war on women (and not the war on babies), you should try to live up to someone like Alex Chernov, try to be just like her. Why stop at 100 babies, why not go for 200 and put her record to shame?

No? You think 100 babies is too much? Well unlike you, I reached that conclusion after the first one.


Here is the original speech, unedited:


Lake Highlands Class of 2021, your valedictorian, Paxton Smith.


Paxton Smith: (00:05)


I’m not usually very good at expressing my gratitude for the people that I care about, but I would like to say, thank you to Coach. I think he’s had a bigger role in my life than he realizes.


Okay. As we leave high school, we need to make our voices heard. 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 this state. Recently, the Heartbeat Bill was passed in Texas. 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. 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.


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. And I’m talking about this today, on a day as important as this, on a day honoring 12 years of hard academic work, on a day where we are all gathered together, on a day where you are most inclined to listen to a voice like mine, a woman’s voice, to tell you that this is a problem, and it’s a problem that cannot wait. And I can not give up this platform to promote complacency and peace when there is 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.


Thank you.


By Ben Revermann


Ben Revermann is a speck of red in a Minnesota sea of blue, a Navy veteran, and father of four. A graduate of South Central, follow him here on Twitter.

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4 thoughts on “A Line-by-Line Response to the Valedictorian Speech by a Texas Teenager

  1. The depth to which the Marxist programming is evident in this child is shocking, especially when one considers how she is likely to be shepherded through the Left’s higher ed programming, and into a position of authority possibly.

    This is what drove Anders Behring Breivik to commit the acts he did.

  2. The forgotten idea of staying celibate……I unfortunately cannot say I waited but I wished I had If celibacy was more a focus now a days than the right to have an abortion, abortions would be less an issue.

  3. Great article. How a 17 year old can be allowed to state this ignorance at a ceremony is beyond ludicrous… No one in authority screened the talk. Keep in mind that a high school student needs permission to use the rest room during class hours, and most of us understand that a 17 year old only need to be heard saying, “Thank you!”

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