Planned Parenthood said, “We need a Disney princess who’s had an abortion” — but read this before you get mad

In recent years, Disney has made great efforts to embrace diversity, especially among their princesses. The Princess and the Froggave us a black princess, Frozen tells the story of female empowerment and love between sisters, and Moana featured a fearless Polynesian girl. But on March 27th, one Planned Parenthood branch came under fire for its suggestion that Disney needs a princess who’s had an abortion.

Planned Parenthood Keystone, a branch based in Pennsylvania, posted the message as part of a since-deleted tweet calling for more inclusiveness among Disney princesses.

"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 full tweet read.

Planned Parenthood’s national office confirmed to USA Today that yes, the tweet was real. President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Melissa Reed discussed the tweet in an email to the news organization.

"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 told USA Today. "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 even though it was deleted, the tweet drew swift backlash online.

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While Planned Parenthood Keystone’s tweet was divisive to say the least, we do understand the point they were attempting to make: representation is important, and Disney princesses have the power to change hearts and minds on critical social issues that are still all-too-often ignored. However, making nuanced points on serious topics isn’t necessarily suited to a 280-character tweet, and this subject matter would probably have been best explored in a longer op-ed in which Planned Parenthood could more fully explain its position.

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