March 29th, 2018 – Planned Parenthood is facing a social media backlash after one of its branches tweeted, and then deleted, a post suggesting Disney create a princess who’d had an abortion.The Pennsylvania branch of Planned Parenthood Keystone operates in 37 Pennsylvania counties. They tweeted on Tuesday that:
“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 played off a popular meme that asked users to suggest a more diverse range of Disney princesses. The outrage was swift on both the right and left.
“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,” Reed said in an emailed statement. “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.”
She said Planned Parenthood uses pop culture to educate people and start conversations about sexual and reproductive health issues.Finally, of course, Twitter being Twitter, some users took the idea even further, suggesting that Planned Parenthood wanted to abort a Disney princess before she was born.
Why not a Disney princess who was aborted? It would be a short, horrifying film but it would nicely showcase Planned Parenthood’s mission.