Teen’s Shocking Abortion TikTok Receives Backlash From Pro-Life & Pro-Choice Groups
As a growing online platform where virtually anyone can post whatever they want, TikTok has seen a few bumps in the road. Weeks after a group of teenage boys got major hate for mocking the deaths of Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi on the video-sharing platform, a new insensitive TikTok out of Pasadena, California, has gone viral for all the wrong reasons.
This particular video takes viewers from a shot of a positive pregnancy test to a teen girl with her legs in stirrups getting an abortion, all set to the somber tune of “Scared” by Jeremy Zucker. The girls post text like “Abortion Time! TAKE 2,” “Nervous laugh,” and “There’s two abortion moods.” The last text appears in front of a somber couple in Planned Parenthood who seemingly don’t know they’re being filmed and “Ashley” fist-pumping for the camera.
This TikTok has appeared to unify pro-life and pro-choice viewers, all of whom agree that the video is pretty disturbing.
This isn’t the first time that TikTok has found itself in the middle of the abortion debate. Live Action Org, an anti-abortion group with some 40 thousand followers on the app, was temporarily banned for community guideline violations, before being re-instated and told they were banned due to ‘human error,’ likely multiple reports from pro-choice TikTok users.
TikTok is getting major publicity right now as one of the fastest-growing social media platforms in the world with 500 million monthly users. But just like Facebook and Twitter, having a vast online community means at times, some pretty shocking stuff can pop up, and when an app is just starting out, it may not have the procedures in place to figure out how to quickly and fairly weed out unacceptable content from acceptable — just bad — content. These growing pains are a rite of passage for social media and hopefully with enough media attention, Ashley’s parents will see her abortion video and talk to her about what not to post on the internet.
[Note: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated the song used in the TikTok was “Don’t Be Scared” by Andrew Bird. The piece has been updated to show it was the song “Scared” by Jeremy Zucker.]