Sixteen-year-old Autumn of Students for Life wants young girls to know that abortion shouldn’t be viewed as friviously as it is portrayed in a sick magazine article.
Autumn hosted a video in response to an article in Teen Vogue entitled “What to give a friend post-abortion.”
“Since I’m a teen, this is directed toward me and I would like to respond,” Autumn said.
“The point of the (Teen Vogue magazine) article is to make the situation as light-hearted and nonchalant as possible, in order to convince girls my age that abortion is no big deal,” Autumn explained.
She said that saying abortion is not a big deal is “simply feeding us a lie.”
“Abortion is a big deal. Abortion is scary,” she said. “No one skips into that room as if they’re having their hair highlighted or their nails painted.”
Autumn critiqued the article’s whole idea as misguided. “None of these gifts would make me feel better, and if they did make me feel better, that would mean I need serious counseling,” she said.
The Students for Life leader considered the national girls’ magazine article to be completely reprehensible. “Teen Vogue, you should be held accountable for this disgusting and disrespectful article. You trivialize an issue that leaves millions of women struggling every day,” she charged.
Autumn noted that the article is extremely insensitive. “Such a blase approach hurts women who regret their abortion. It minimizes their pain,” she said.
The Teen Vogue article suggests renting “a fun movie” for adolescent girls after they’ve undergone an abortion. “How offensive to think a comedy would be a good antidote to the pain your friend might be feeling,” Autumn commented.
The article lists another post abortion gift: “underwear you can rock after your abortion.” Referring to a specific brand of panties designed for menstrual periods, the Teen Voguearticle reads, “These revolutionary panties allow you to free bleed like our foremothers wish they could. Technically, they’re made for your period, but that’s no reason not to rock ’em for your post-abortion woes. Especially because there will be blood.”
“This is so deplorable,” Autumn assessed. “The language and flippant tone is appalling. … (Abortion) is traumatizing, and cool underwear will not make it all better.”
The article, written for girls as young as 13, offers an “angry uterus heating pad” as a post-abortive gift idea. Another encouragement is giving a “Girl Power” hat to the suffering young lady.
“Are they insinuating that girls who celebrate their abortions understand their abortions more than those who regret them?” Autumn asked.
“Abortion seems to be the opposite of girl power,” Autumn opined. “It is the most invasive and degrading thing that could happen to a girl.”
Furthermore, Autumn noted, “More than half the aborted babies are girls. What about their rights? When will they have ‘power’?” she asked.
“This is a human rights issue, not a ‘girl power’ movement,” the pro-lifer concluded.
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