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Planned Parenthood Affiliate: ‘We Need a Disney Princess Who’s Had an Abortion’

Demonstrators hold placards during a Planned Parenthood rally outside the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, April 5, 2017. (Ilana Panich-Linsman/Reuters)

A Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood affiliate would like to make some changes to Disney princesses’ backstories.

“We need a disney princess who’s had an abortion,” reads the now-deleted tweet from Planned Parenthood Keystone, located outside Allentown, Pa.

The tweet goes on to argue that we also need Disney princesses who are “pro-choice,” “undocumented immigrants,” “union workers,” and “trans.”

The affiliate deleted the tweet almost immediately, but not before a swift backlash grew on Twitter, with users remarking that children do not need to be thinking about the abortion-rights debate.

Update 8:15pm:

Planned Parenthood told National Review in a statement that the tweet was part of “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.”

“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,” the affiliate said. “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.”

“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.”

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