At one time, abortion advocates in the United States claimed that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” While it is doubtful that many of those advocates were sincere in expressing these sentiments, they at least gave lip service to the idea that abortion is not something good or desirable; if it were, why would advocates want abortion to be “rare?” Even President Barack Obama—the most staunchly pro-abortion President in our nation’s history—once said that abortion is “always a tragic situation.”
Over time, however, the rhetoric of abortion advocates has changed. In 2015, abortion advocates launched the #ShoutYourAbortion social media campaign. The stated goal of the campaign was to “denounce the stigma surrounding abortion.” This campaign is just one of many examples of a new mindset in which abortion is regarded as morally neutral, or even as a positive good.
On March 27, USA today reported that a Planned Parenthood branch had stated on Twitter that the Walt Disney Co. ought to create an animated princess character who has undergone an abortion. The tweet has since been deleted, and Melissa Reed (Planned Parenthood’s President and CEO) had this to say about it: “‘[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.’”
At New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, we believe that this deleted tweet depicts the mindset of abortion advocates quite accurately. To some in the pro-abortion movement, abortion should not just be allowed. It should be glorified and celebrated.