Recently, Planned Parenthood tweeted that we need a Disney princess who’s had an abortion. Now, a woman who used to work at Disney World as a princess, has shared her testimony of getting an abortion and the regret that followed this decision.
In an op-ed for Charisma News, Deanna Falchook shares her story.
“I woke up this morning in the shadows of Cinderella Castle, to a phone call from a friend who knows my story well. She informed me of a recent tweet by Planned Parenthood regarding the need for a Disney Princess who's had an abortion,” writes Falchook.
The Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood branch tweeted: “We need a Disney princess who’s had an abortion. We need a Disney princess who’s pro-choice.”
Falchook felt like she needed to respond to this tweet because she had been a Disney princess and she had had an abortion.
“In 1981, I worked at Disney World as a singer/dancer, where my voice was used in recordings as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty for special events and ongoing shows. I performed on average five shows a day in front of Cinderella's castle, singing and dancing to ‘Someday, My Prince Will Come,’ and ‘When You Wish Upon a Star.’”
But then, at the age of 18, Falchook became pregnant. She decided to get an abortion in order to keep her job as a Disney princess. “I quickly lived to regret” that decision, she says.
She was so distraught in the aftermath of her abortion that she ended up quitting her job in order to deal with her grief.
“Eventually,” she continued, “I found healing. It was an arduous struggle to navigate my personal grief. But by the grace of God, I am living an amazing life.”
Falchook is now married and has two children biological children and five adopted children. She is an advocate for orphans and for adoption, and she wants people to know that abortion isn’t the answer.
“Disney doesn’t need a princess who has had an abortion,” she writes…”Abortion doesn’t empower. Cinderella, in defying her stepmother and sisters, has been empowering women for thousands of years. Cinderella, the orphan girl, was enslaved by the women in the house, and her story cannot be improved upon.”
To read more of Falchook’s story, click here.
Photo courtesy: Facebook/Deanna Falchook
Publication date: April 9, 2018
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.