The butchers of Planned Parenthood should be careful what they wish for.
After an affiliate of the nation’s largest abortion mill caused a social media firestorm by proposing Disney introduce abortion into the fantasy universe of princesses loved by little girls the world over, it could not have expected to hear from a former Disney employee who knew too well what was involved.
Because one Disney princess who’d actually had an abortion was willing to tell the world about her regrets.
In a post on the publishing platform Medium, Deanna Falchook, who spent time as a teenager performing as Cinderella at the famed Cinderella Castle in Florida’s Disneyworld, recounted how she had an abortion in 1981 at the age of 18 in order to keep her job as a “singing princess.”
Falchook stressed that no one from Disney was involved in the decision, that she’d kept her pregnancy secret. Still, her “singing princess” days were soon over.
“In the immediate days following my abortion, I struggled deeply. I continued to sing songs in front of the castle about dreams coming true, but eventually had to quit my dream job due to my inability to reconcile my decision within myself. I wanted to die.”
Fortunately, Falchook eventually recovered, mentally and spiritually. She’s now married to a man she considers her real prince and given birth to two children of her own.
But she’s also built a family by adopting children from around the world – and salutes all of the women who gave birth to them. They are all princesses, Falchook wrote.
“I am the mother of one daughter from Guatemala who was born to someone I see as a Guatemalan Princess (14 years-old at the time she gave birth to my little girl). She decided NOT to abort her baby. My daughter Matéa’s name means ‘Gift from God,’” Falchook wrote.
“Three of my children watched their mother die from AIDS in Ethiopia. Their Ethiopian Mother Bayoush resembled a gorgeous African Princess. They were left alone in the world, and we were blessed to adopt them. My son Alec was labeled invalid and almost sent to die in an orphanage known for rampant abuse in Ukraine. We adopted him from the baby home when he was 5. His mother (Princess) Tetyana made a difficult decision in giving birth to her baby and then abandoned him at the hospital at 2 days old. Her bravery in giving her child life before she died has been a gift to us.”
Of course, a story like Falchook’s wasn’t what the anonymous Planned Parenthood tweeter had in mind when composing that now-notorious Twitter post. In calling for a Disney princess “who’s had an abortion … who’s pro-choice …. who’s an undocumented immigrant … a union worker … who’s trans” the abortion worker was checking off liberal boxes.
Bur reality rarely comports with liberal fantasies.
What it got instead was a Disney princess who’s had an abortion, regretted it, and spent the rest of her life celebrating the lives of others – both from her own body and the bodies of other “princesses” who were unable to take care of their offspring on their own. She has even begun a “pro-life princesses” movement on her Facebook page.
“We are a blended family of immigrants and American born children representing Jewish culture, Christian, British Royal heritage, Hispanic, Ukranian, African. And we all are a Disney family beautifully woven together by God’s grace and living in the shadow of Cinderella’s castle in Orlando,” Falchook wrote.
That sounds beautiful, but it’s no fairytale ending. It’s just a life in progress for a woman who’s made mistakes – as every human has – and is working to make the best reality possible now.
And she had a strong dose of reality for Planned Parenthood, feminists and the whole “pro-choice” movement.
“Disney doesn’t need a princess who has had an abortion. For years feminists have been princess bashing because they clearly don’t really grasp the depth of the princess stories that have already been told of overcoming evil, beauty rising out of the ugliness of the world, empowering love that is willing to slay dragons, resurrecting life after evil witch potions threatens to poison and demanding true love in a world that wants to rewrite the happy ending into something less romantic. Cinderella, Aurora, Belle, Merida, Ariel, Mulan all represent strength, power, grace, favor, determination and beauty out of ashes.”
Since the Planned Parenthood tweet started making news, the organization has been hit with plenty of conservative responses.
But few can top one line of Falchook’s essay: “Abortion doesn’t empower.”
That’s the real moral of the story here. And it’s one lesson Planned Parenthood and its supporters need to learn.
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