- A TikTok capturing a teenage girl’s abortion has gone viral and sparked a heated debate on social media.
- The playful video features two teenage girls – one pumping her fist before entering a Planned Parenthood exam room – after showing a positive pregnancy test.
- After the video was shared on Twitter, it sparked a massive abortion rights debate and criticism of the procedure on social media.
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A viral TikTok video showing a teenage girl having an abortion sparked a heated debate over abortion rights and how it was viewed on social media.
User @cpcake21 posted a 20-second clip, which began with an apparently positive pregnancy test belonging to her friend Ashley. The girl shows off her belly before the video follows them to a Planned Parenthood clinic, where they point to a solemn couple in the waiting room before cutting Ashley on the table in a medical gown.
The video, which was posted from a now private profile but posted in some tweets, is lighthearted overall. On a remix of “It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars, Ashley laughs nervously and pumps her fist before being in the exam room.
—The Austere Revered Wizard 🧙♂️ (@ prophetw205) February 28, 2020
The video has no discernible optics of the proceedings or graphic imagery, but its laid-back tone has sparked a bitter debate on social media.
Conservative figures lashed out at the video, calling it a distasteful view of a serious problem. Charlie Kirkchairman and founder of the conservative advocacy group Turning Point USA, wrote on Twitter that the video was “sick and depraved” and blamed “the left.”
—Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 27, 2020
The video also caught the attention of Lila Rose, who is president of live action, an anti-abortion group that regularly posts anti-abortion content on TikTok. Rose slammed the video in a tweet as a display of “cruelty”. In a later tweet, she urged her followers to pray for the girl shown in the video and against abortion rights policies.
—Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) February 27, 2020
Abortion is a popular topic on TikTok, with videos under the #Abortion and #anti-abortion tags racking up over 70 million views each, likely because the platform offers a wide range of ways users can comment on their opinions on the matter.
Some videos are equally humorous about teenage girls going to Planned Parenthood for procedures. One is set to one of the platform’s popular sounds which begins with horn music before the audio can be heard saying “a child…no”.
In addition to first-person abortion experiences, there are a wide variety of video formats that creators use to express their political views on abortion, from illustrate generational conflicts for celebrate anti-abortion events like the annual March for Life.