Earlier this month, actress Keke Palmer took to Twitter to tell the story of how getting an abortion helped make her career in Hollywood. “I was worried about my career responsibilities and afraid that I could not exist as both a career woman and mother,” she wrote in tweet that has since been deleted, LA Times reports.

Palmer is neither the first nor the last to share such sentiments. The idea that abortion is necessary for women to have a full, successful life is a common talking point in the pro-abortion movement, and has been shared by celebrities and everyday women alike in the recent #ShoutYourAbortion and #YouKnowMe campaigns.

However, one high school graduate has proven that is a lie.

Lamyrical Harris, a senior from Trezevant High School in Tennessee, just graduated valedictorian with over $1 million dollars in academic scholarships. She is also the proud, teen mother of a baby boy.

According to local CBS affiliate, WREG, Harris found out she was pregnant her junior year of high school. “I was scared,” she told reporters. But in spite of the cultural tide, in which sacrificing her child for academic success would be considered acceptable, if not altogether expected, she gave birth to a son, Laderrious Moore.

As opposed to the narrative so often pushed by abortion advocates, her child was not a burden to her success. On the contrary, he became her driving force.

“She came to school. She took care of business, and her motivation has been her child,” her Assistant Principal told WREG.

“It just made me go ten times harder,” Harris told reporters.

According to a post by Trezevant High School on Facebook, Harris has been offered a total of $1,244,298 in scholarships. While the school boasts a history of athletic awards, “she is the first to earn this amount solely in academic scholarships.”

This inspiring story serves as a reminder that no child is a hindrance to a full, successful life. The lie pushed by abortion advocates is simply that: A lie. Women can accomplish anything they set their minds to, and to suggest that they can only do so by sacrificing the life of their child is insulting.

Congratulations, Lamyrical! Your future is bright, and so is your son’s!

Cover Photo Credit: ABC 11

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