Planned Parenthood has called for Disney to create a cartoon—featuring an animated princess “who’s had an abortion.”
Planned Parenthood Keystone, one of the abortion giant’s Pennsylvania branches, tweeted: “We need a disney princess who’s had an abortion / We need a disney princess who’s pro-choice / We need a disney princess who’s an undocumented immigrant / We need a disney princess who’s actually a union worker / We need a disney princess who’s trans.”
The tweet, obviously, shocked and baffled Twitter users—who released a wave of criticism, including from a number of people who claimed to be pro-choice but thought Planned Parenthood had gone too far with their deification of abortion by insisting it be included in a children’s movie.
Planned Parenthood Keystone soon deleted the controversial tweet, and issued a statement explaining why—though they fell short of apologizing for the tweet or disavowing the content.
“Planned Parenthood believes that pop culture—television shows, music, movies—has a critical role to play in educating the public and sparking meaningful conversations around sexual and reproductive health issues and policies, including abortion,” explained Planned Parenthood Keystone President and CEO Melissa Reed. “We also know that emotionally authentic portrayals of these experiences are still extremely rare—and that’s part of a much bigger lack of honest depictions of certain people’s lives and communities.”
“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,” she added. “Upon reflection, we decided that the seriousness of the point we were trying to make was not appropriate for the subject matter or content, and we removed the tweet.”