A Pennsylvania branch of Planned Parenthood tweeted “We need a Disney Princess who’s had an abortion” Tuesday, rightfully causing an uproar on Twitter, and a bi-partisan one at that. In the now-deleted tweet, which of course there are a million screenshots of (because what happens on the internet stays on the internet, Kids!) the Keystone branch of Planned Parenthood, making an effort to join in on a popular Twitter meme calling for Disney to produce princesses with more varying and realistic qualities, missed the mark HARD, drawing the ire of…well, just about everyone.
Whether you’re pro-choice or pro-life, asking Disney to make a princess who’s had an abortion is patently ridiculous. As USA Today reported, one twitter user, @704heather, said “Disney princesses are for CHILDREN and these are adult issues.”
“Exactly,” user @KinseyHolley replied. “They have no idea how extreme this sounds (and yes, I’m pro-choice).”
It’s nice to see that people on both sides of such a divisive issue can come together and call Planned Parenthood Keystone’s tweet for what it is – unhelpful, extremist, CRAP.
In a #sorrynotsorry email to USA Today, Planned Parenthood CEO explained the deletion of the Keystone branch’s inflammatory tweet, but really did not disagree with it. She said:
“Today, we joined an ongoing Twitter conversation about the kinds of princesses people want to see in an attempt to make a point about the importance of telling stories that challenge stigma and championing stories that too often don’t get told. Upon reflection, we decided that the seriousness of the point we were trying to make was not appropriate for the subject matter or context, and we removed the tweet.”
I hope, despite its deletion, that this one shining Planned Parenthood Disney Princess tweet is not soon forgotten, because it CLEARLY shows the agenda this organization has to indoctrinate children at a young age with their principles that abortion is “normal” and nothing to get worked up about. I mean if Cinderella and Prince Charming don’t even want their unborn baby, why should I keep mine, AMIRIGHT? (I hope you’re picking up my sarcasm.)
Here’s the truth, dear readers: Abortion is the taking of the life of a child…so, maybe it IS a “children’s issue,” in that regard. My heart breaks for women who are desperate enough to make the choice to kill their own child, but desperation and a bad situation do not make abortion right or justified. How can we truly expect humans to understand the value of another person’s life when we have sanctioned the killing of “the least of these,” the most defenseless humans among us? Sanctioned it, funded it, and in many, many cases (I’m looking at YOU, Keystone Planned Parenthood), celebrated it. Do we not see the direct correlation between 45 years of sanctioned infanticide and the violence in our country today? By allowing and supporting abortion, we have taught our children that the smallest lives have no value. How then can we expect them to believe us when we tell them that the lives of people of different races, orientations, and cultural backgrounds matter? How can we expect them to love their neighbor as they love themselves?
It’s a sick double standard. Love and inclusion – unless your birth is going to complicate my life.
But here’s some MORE truth: We pro-lifers do a great job of decrying abortion and extolling its evils, but we don’t do enough to prevent it. How about actually helping those who are at risk to have one? How about rallying around single moms or those who are pregnant with no family support or financial support? How about giving our time and money to organizations that do just that? Start LOCALLY. Donate time and money to your local crisis pregnancy center, or to local charities that provide the basics for families in need. Get involved with Safe Families and give parents a much-needed respite so they can get on their feet. Become a foster parent. Adopt.
Because, no, we don’t need a Disney Princess that has had an abortion.
But we DO need real, actual humans to keep standing up and saying that it’s wrong, while having compassion for the people who do choose it and taking ACTION to help those who are at risk. We need real, actual humans to stand alongside those who choose life by providing financial and emotional support. We need real real, actual humans to jump into adoption and foster care for those parents who bring life into the world but cannot parent or need parenting support.
That’s what we need.
So, put your money where your mouth is, pro-lifers. Let’s DO IT. Or shut up about it.