Planned Parenthood Is (Still) Frightfully Out of Sync with America

As the Disney princess-with-an-abortion outrage made clear, group uses the web to spread deviant ideas however it can

A branch of the Planned Parenthood national organization recently thought it was a good idea to have a Disney princess that would admit to having had an abortion.

These folks, in their wisdom, also thought Disney should create a transgender princess and also one that is pro-choice. But they weren’t done: They also wanted a union worker princess and an undocumented immigrant princess.

Were the comments that followed by Melissa Reed, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, an attempt to impose its will on a private company? Was she implying Disney is not a politically correct company and that it should bow, somehow, to Planned Parenthood’s suggestions?

Reed’s response to the tweet sent out by a Planned Parenthood branch went like this: “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.”

But here’s what Planned Parenthood does not seem to understand: Little girls want to be princesses. Disney has a website to help little girls figure out which princess is their soulmate. A girl is asked to answer 11 questions to figure out which Disney princess is most like her.

Does Planned Parenthood really think little girls will want to be like a princess that killed her unborn child? Should Disney, when creating new princesses, tell little girls they should make what could be life-and-death decisions based on a cartoon image?

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Right or wrong, little girls all over the world have a special relationship with their princesses. We as parents know about imagination — and it’s all right for little boys and girls to have fantasies. Disney has spent a great deal of time and energy building in cultivating the relationships they have with these princess followers.

Recently I returned from a trip to the Magic Kingdom in Orlando. This story broke while I was there. As a result, I started to pay close attention to families, especially those with little girls. As a grandfather of two girls who are 10 and four, I know how much Elsa means to the both of them. Each knows and can sing the song “Let it Go.”

As I walked around Disney World for three days, I found it truly amazing to see the number of little girls wearing princess dresses.

So Planned Parenthood, let’s pick Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” as your princess that tells the world she had at least one abortion. How do you suggest Disney tell the little girl between the ages of five and 10 that her princess doll wants an abortion? Does Planned Parenthood just wave a magic wand and the baby inside the princess doll just disappears? How is it possible to explain abortion to children who have not yet been told where babies come from?

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Melissa Reed’s comment is another example of the elites trying to decide for the rest of us how we should be raising our children and/or grandchildren. If they don’t think we have done it to their satisfaction, then they will do it by pressuring Disney to meet their demands.

What is clear is that the people at Planned Parenthood didn’t give much thought as to whether the American people agreed with them. The organization, in fact, was overwhelmed with the backlash. It’s why Melissa Reed said, “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.”

Does Planned Parenthood just wave a magic wand and the baby inside the princess doll disappears? How is it possible to explain abortion to children who have not even been told where babies come from?

Removing a tweet is an important point — and a tactic employed by the Left. Send out an outlandish statement supporting one’s point of view. Wait for the reaction — and then if the heat gets too hot, retract the entire statement. On the surface it would seem to most people that Planned Parenthood was acting “responsibly” by removing the tweet.

Yet what the Left is not telling you is that once their statement goes viral, they can delete the original — but they can’t take down any of the retweets and stories. USA Today ran a story about the Planned Parenthood princess doll tweet — and if you do a Google search for the story, you will see pages and pages of postings from many of the outlets that ran the story.

Now that story is on the web forever, Planned Parenthood will raise the issue again and point to all the previous news coverage.

Related: Planned Parenthood’s New Low: Wants a Disney Princess Who Has Had an Abortion

The group has used the web to spread its deviant ideas in the past and it didn’t cost them a thing. These folks accomplished everything they wanted, and if you read Reed’s statement, it was not an apology for their position.

This tactic has been used again and again in the fake news cycle. The news outlet breaks a story that is not true, and it is broadcast all over the world and goes viral. The liberal media let it run for as many days as possible to gain the greatest impact — and then retract it.

The people who are proliferating false news, personal attacks and more do so with no moral compass. Such people and organizations consider themselves elites. They know what is best for the rest of us — and they expect that we should subscribe to what they believe.

Dan Perkins is an author of thrillers and children’s books and can be heard on more than 1,400 radio stations nationwide. He is also the founder of the veterans organization Songs and Stories for Soldiers Inc. 

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