It’s always nice to see someone stand up and say what needs to be said, and from every podium, if only there were more brave people out there.
A high school valedictorian in Texas ditched her school-approved speech to use the moment to speak out against a restrictive new abortion law in Texas. MSNBC's Brian Williams shares the details.
… >> 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 THE RESULT OF RAPE OR INCEST.
THATS ALL WOMEN GET.
BEFORE THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO DECIDE IF THEY ARE EMOTIONALLY, PHYSICALLY, AND FINANCIALLY STABLE ENOUGH TO CARRY OUT A FULL-TERM PREGNANCY, AND BEFORE THEY DECIDE IF THEY CAN TAKE ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BRINGING INTO HUMAN BEING INTO THE WORLD, THAT DECISION IS MADE BY A STRANGER.
IT WILL AFFECT THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.
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 CONSENT, OUR CONTROL OVER THAT FUTURE HAS BEEN STRIPPED AWAY FROM US.
I AM TERRIFIED THAT IF MY CONTRACEPTIVES FAIL, MY DREAMS FOR MY FUTURE WILL NO LONGER MATTER.
I HOPE YOU CAN FEEL HOW GUT-WRENCHING AND DEHUMANIZING IT IS TO HAVE THE AUTONOMY OF YOUR OWN BODY TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU.
AND I CANNOT 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.
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]