Is Cosmo part of the marketing wing of the abortion industry? Dr. Alveda C. King thinks so.
King, the pro-life niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., attended a Washington, D.C. press conference launching “Cosmo Harms Minors,” a campaign by Victoria Hearst and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation on April 22. At the event, Dr. King explained to MRC Culture that Cosmo’s material helps “line the pockets of the abortion industry,” and that, “Planned Parenthood is joining Cosmo” to “lead that girl into an abortion.”
King serves as pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and recently joined Fox News as a contributor.
Women’s magazine Cosmopolitan “target[s] young girls to expand their audience and increase profits,” a press release announcing the event read, with a “pornographic ‘how-to’ sex guide encouraging readers to engage in violent and dangerous sexual acts in every issue.”
When MRC Culture asked about Cosmo’s glamorization of abortion to young girls, Dr. King highlighted the magazine’s connection to the abortion industry.
“[B]y promoting hyper-sexuality, which would cause the girls, perhaps, to get an early pregnancy or unexpected or premature pregnancy - one that they were not looking for - it leads them right to the door of the abortion clinic,” she said. “So these links are together. Cosmo is promoting behavior that's going to help to line the pockets of the abortion industry."
Dr. King explained the connection between those links.
“[W]hen a young girl reads Cosmo and sees all this supercharged sexuality, buys into the sexual liberty of the day, and involves herself in those types of activities,” she said, “then the next natural force – or unnatural, depending on how you look at it – would be, ‘Well, I'm pregnant now. I just wanted to have fun; I didn't want to have a baby.’”
“And then Planned Parenthood is joining Cosmo right there to lead that girl into an abortion,” she added.
On top of highlighting stories like how abortion can strengthen relationships, Cosmo recently showcased both Cecile Richards, president of abortion giant Planned Parenthood and Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America in its articles.
Comso, King told MRC Culture, concerns her as both a mother and grandmother. “I can remember with my own daughters,” she began, “and they'd look over and see Cosmo: “Oh, I wanna be like that!” And I’m saying, “Baby, you don't wanna be like that. You're very beautiful, and we don’t affirm who you are by that kind of approach.’"
“And to me,” she added, “some of it is trash, and to me, trash belongs in bags. So I say, “Cosmo, you need to bag that up and move it out of the vision of our girls.”