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Texas Nonprofit Defends Their ‘Abortions Are Magic’ Party Favors Amidst Conservative Backlash

Abortion is always going to be one of those topics that people will passionately ague about. They’ll argue about whether it should be done, talked about, normalized, whether religion takes precedent over medical expertise, etc.

Apparently they’ll also argue about whether or not there should be abortion themed party favors.

Nope. You didn’t mis-read that. We’re about to talk about abortion themed party favors.

The story starts with a Texas-based nonprofit and their annual holiday party. Texas Equal Access (TEA) throws a party every holiday season to honor the hard work volunteers do in helping low-income people in north Texas access safe abortions.

Whether or not you agree with what they do, we’re sure we can all agree that having your hard work recognized and being given time to unwind is pretty great. So having a holiday party wasn’t the problem.

The problem was these: 

The organization decided to hand out white pillar candles emblazoned with a unicorn silhouette and the phrase “Abortions are magical!” as party favors. This rubbed some people the wrong way—and not just on one level.

Firstly, let’s talk about the item itself.

White pillar candles of this type are sometimes called prayer candles—and many traditions specifically use them as memorial candles. To some people, the idea of using memorial candles to “celebrate” abortions is distasteful, to put it lightly.

Then there’s the wording itself.

Abortion is a medical procedure that requires extensive skill and training to perform safely. There are no magic wands involved and some feel that equating it to a fictional magic spell could end up doing more harm than good because it de-legitimizes the medical procedure.

It also trivializes the decision process. Getting an abortion is not a whim or a bit of whimsy for the women and children who find themselves needing an abortion for a wide variety of reasons including crimes committed against them. There is nothing fun and magical about these situations.

On Twitter things got “intense.” 

 

Twitter may have gone off about abortions for young people (without questioning the situations that saw children that young getting pregnant in the first place), human sacrifice and black magic—but the post found an entirely different reception on Facebook.

TEA saw lots of support on Facebook, if not for the party favors then at least for the work that they do. Users hit the comments section to thank them for helping people access safe abortion, to discuss abortions as healthcare, and even to share stories of how their abortions improved their lives. Some even asked where they could get candles.

As far as responding to the backlash, TEA kept it simple by releasing the following:

“Abortions are magical for most people who have them and refuting that just increases stigma around abortion. They are health care, self-care, and community care.”

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Written by Erica Diaz

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