The unabashed celebration over a teenager’s abortion shows just how out of touch Hollywood and the media are: both with women who regret abortion as well was with the pro-life movement that argues for the life of the unborn.
On Tuesday, a federal appeals court ruled that the government must facilitate an abortion for a detained 17-year-old in the U.S. illegally. Represented by the ACLU, “Jane Doe” is at a federally-funded shelter in Texas after crossing the border from Central America. On Wednesday, news broke that she aborted her 15-week-old baby. In response, the feminist media and Hollywood celebrated “#JusticeForJane” on Twitter – from actress Alyssa Milano to writer Callie Beausman.
As a writer and editor for Broadly and Vice, Beusman wrote that she was “reading Jane Doe's statement and crying.”
“[W]hat a brave young woman, and what a horrible fucking world,” she applauded.
She wasn’t alone in her sentiments. “I am so glad Jane got her abortion,” began Renee Bracey Sherman, an abortion activist and feminist writer. “It took way too long, and she had to fight way too hard. Thank you for your bravery, Jane.”
I am so glad Jane got her abortion. It took way too long, and she had to fight way too hard. Thank you for your bravery, Jane. https://t.co/KR5LW09COv— Renee Bracey Sherman (@RBraceySherman) October 25, 2017
Lauren Rankin, a writer for women’s magazines including Cosmopolitan, added “Everyone, regardless of geography or immigration status, has a fundamental right to safe abortion care. #JusticeForJane is justice for all.”
“FINALLY,” responded feminist writer Maureen Shaw.
Romper editor and Bustle writer Danielle Campoamor translated the news to mean that a “human being can make her own decisions about her own body.” (That is, of course, at the cost of another body.)
Later, she added. “Jane Doe's statement is proof our country is failing women, one Jane Doe at a time, every single day.”
Hollywood and the entertainment world boasted a bubble of celebration as well.
Comedian Lizz Winstead thanked both the ACLU and Jane’s abortionist for their “dedication to humanity.”
Actresses Piper Perabo (The Prestige), Joanna Going (House of Cards) and Alyssa Milano (Charmed, Mistresses) simply tweeted “#JusticeforJane” in reaction to the news. In response to Milano, Rena Sofer (The Bold and the Beautiful, Carrie) added, “Finally some good news!!!” In another tweet, she praised, “Yes!!!!! Victory and #JusticeForJane.”
Finally some good news!!! #JusticeForJane— Rena Sofer (@RenaSofer) October 24, 2017
Brooke Smith (The Silence of the Lambs) tweeted the hashtag as well in a thank you tweet to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for supporting Jane’s abortion.
Sharing an ACLU Instagram post, actress Constance Marie (Switched at Birth) tweeted, “#WomensRightsAreHumanRights.”
In an interview published by Vice last night, “Jane” gave the reasoning behind her abortion decision and it sounded anything but positive or empowering – as Hollywood and the media suggested.
ABORTION is the ENEMY of female empowerment.— Katie Yoder (@k_yoder) October 26, 2017
Jane Doe: "I decided to do [abortion] because I don't feel capable of being a mature woman." pic.twitter.com/eIxbEA75Yp
"I decided to do [abortion] because I don't feel capable of being a mature woman or being strong, or old enough, to take care of it,” she said. “And I don’t feel sure about having a child.”
In an interview with MRC Culture earlier this month, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini examined unexpected pregnancies.
“[I]t is the case often that an unexpected pregnancy is pretty scary and it’s kind of messy,” Mancini admitted. “But that choosing life is beautiful and it’s empowering and that there’s so many resources out there that can give a woman what she needs to be able to choose life.”
“Women have that incredible strength in them to choose life,” she stressed. “And often, that’s just all they need to hear, is ‘You’ve got this. You can do this.’”
Other pro-life leaders have warned the case encourages taxpayer-funded abortions for illegal immigrants.