On Tuesday, one Planned Parenthood office faced a serious backlash after sending out a tweet declaring the need for a Disney princess “who’s had an abortion,” or fit a range of other controversial criteria. The tweet only remained up for a few hours, but internet users who spotted the message were quick to preserve it, sending screenshots to their followers.
The tweet, written by Planned Parenthood Keystone, stated, “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.”
Social media users were quick to offer their opinion on the content of the tweet, as well as spread screenshots of the message around to their followers.
Some asked if Disney wanted to weigh in on the tweet, others just shared the image “in case you missed it.”
Many Twitter users called the message, particularly the line references “a disney princess who’s had an abortion,” “disgusting” and even an attempt “to indoctrinate our kids.”
Others used it as another reason to call for Planned Parenthood to be defunded by the federal government.
In a statement, as reported by Fox News, Melissa Reed, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone said, “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. 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,” the statement continued. “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.”