Texas teen slams new abortion law in high school graduation speech

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Washington (AFP) – A teenager in Texas slammed the US state’s decision to ban abortion at six weeks as “gut-wrenching,” “dehumanizing” and a “war” on women’s rights during a defiant high school graduation speech that went viral. Paxton Smith, valedictorian of her class at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, had submitted a different speech for approval from the school. But in a video of the speech posted online, she said she decided to talk about the new legislation instead because graduation is a day where people are “most inclined to listen to a voice like mine, a woman’s voice.” “I have d…

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