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What Taylor Swift (and everyone) can do for women instead of promoting abortion

Taylor Swift, abortion

Mega-star Taylor Swift spent most of her career remaining silent on political issues. She didn’t speak out about things like gay marriage or abortion, and she didn’t endorse any political candidates. But that has drastically changed, with Swift publicly announcing that she not only plans to be more politically vocal in the future, but that she also supports abortion.

It’s disappointing to see someone like Swift so vocally support abortion, when she very notoriously has a fan base — still mostly comprised of relatively young women and girls — that idolizes her. Swift’s fanbase, nicknamed “Swifties,” are notorious for their devotion and loyalty to the singer. And until now, she has promoted uncontroversial charitable giving and promoted organizations that legitimately help women. Just a few years ago, Swift was giving donations to charities that help single mothers; what, then, is the message she’s sending now? It’s certainly not a message rooted in feminism, though Swift has increasingly come to identify herself as a feminist. It’s a message that tells women they need to be able to kill their own children in order to survive and be successful — and yet that is the message, intentionally or not, Swift is now sending.

READ: This Women’s Equality Day, it’s time to acknowledge that abortion has fixed nothing

In a long interview with the Guardian, Swift discussed her career and how she plans to be more active when it comes to politics. As lawmakers in Tennessee, her home state, look to ban abortion, Swift felt compelled to voice her support for abortion. “I mean, obviously, I’m pro-choice, and I just can’t believe this is happening,” she said in the interview, with reporter Laura Snapes adding that she looked to be in tears. “I can’t believe we’re here. It’s really shocking and awful. And I just wanna do everything I can for 2020. I wanna figure out exactly how I can help, what are the most effective ways to help. ’Cause this is just… This is not it.”

So what are the most effective ways to help women experiencing unplanned pregnancies?

  • Point women toward actual resources instead of abortion businesses who profit from telling women that they can’t be single moms and still be successful, which then scrape, suction, and dismember their children out of their wombs for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Abortion is not freedom.
  • Promote and support maternity homes that give women and their children a hand up.
  • Promote, support, and spread the truth about pregnancy resource centers — which provide everything for free, and which help millions of women every year and save communities tens of millions of dollars annually.
  • Promote and provide resources for women and children in domestic violence situations.
  • Fight against loopholes in laws that allow rapists to have access to children they conceived in the act of rape.
  • Start your own charity (hello, Taylor Swift!), giving resources to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies — one that affirms the right to life and value of all human beings, regardless of the circumstance. (Hey, Heartbeat International just teamed up with the star of “Unplanned” to offer scholarships for expectant moms!)

Swift’s promise to make a difference in the 2020 election is not an empty threat. As the Guardian pointed out, when she recently posted on Instagram encouraging people to vote, as well as endorsing Democrats, there was a huge surge in voter registrations. For example, donations to GLAAD increased after she name-dropped them in a song, according to the Guardian. She also referred to the Obama presidency as an “eight-year paradise,” adding that the last few years have left her “completely blindsided.”

Imagine the difference it could make if Swift took her platform and gave women an empowering message instead of choosing to promote abortion: that they don’t need abortion to get by, that they are strong and smart and capable enough to overcome the challenges ahead of them, without feeling they have to choose between their children and their futures. Imagine if, instead of promoting abortion, Swift promoted organizations that addressed the issues that lead women to feel they have no choice but to kill their own children.

 

That would be true feminism — and unfortunately, what Swift doesn’t seem to understand is that there’s no room for equality in a movement that requires an innocent person to be killed.

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