American Airlines Rejects Passenger for Pro-Abortion T-Shirt

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 23, 2012   |   12:22PM   |   Washington, DC

Pro-abortion advocates are up in arms over a story claiming an abortion advocate was rejected from an American Airlines flight because she wore a graphic t-shirt with profanity and a pro-abortion message.

Jodi Jacobson, Editor in Chief of the often-discredited pro-abortion blog RH Reality Check, talks about attending a meeting in which she heard the story of a young woman supposedly at the center of the controversy.

I received an email from one of those colleagues, detailing the ordeal through which she was put by American Airlines on her flights home. They actually forced her to miss her connecting flight and demanded she change her top. The reason? Her politically salient pro-choice t-shirt was offensive to the flight crew.

The unnamed woman wore a t-shirt version of a controversial sign held by Oklahoma state senator Judy McIntyre (D) at a pro-abortion rally in March to oppose pro-life legislation at the state capital that would protect women and unborn children. The sign, “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d F— a senator” was employed to protest legislation that would acknowledge the scientific fact that human life begins at conception.

The pro-abortion blog cites the pro-abortion activist, called O. for short, recounting the story with American and her t-shirt.

[O]n the plane of the first leg of my flight home, I spent the majority of [time] sleeping, using my shawl as a blanket. Right before we were set to land the flight attendant from first class approaches me and asks if I had a connecting flight? We were running a bit behind schedule, so I figured I was being asked this to be sure I would make my connecting flight.  She then proceeded to tell me that I needed to speak with the captain before disembarking the plane and that the shirt I was wearing was offensive.

The shirt was gray with the wording, “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d f— a senator.” I must also mention that when I boarded the plane, I was one of the first groups to board (did not pass by many folks).  I was wearing my shawl just loosely around my neck and upon sitting down in my seat the lady next to me, who was already seated, praised me for wearing the shirt.

When I was leaving the plane the captain stepped off with me and told me I should not have been allowed to board the plane in DC and needed to change before boarding my next flight. This conversation led to me missing my connecting flight.  I assumed that because I was held up by the captain, they would have called ahead to let the connecting flight know I was in route.  Well, upon my hastened arrival at the gate of the connecting flight, it was discovered that they did indeed call ahead but not to hold the flight, only to tell them I needed to change my shirt. I was given a seat on the next flight and told to change shirts.

Due to the fact that my luggage was checked, changing shirts without spending money wasn’t an option. I consulted a friend with a law background who told me covering with my shawl would suffice. Upon boarding the now rescheduled flight with shawl covering my shirt, my ticket dinged invalid. I was pulled to the side while the gentleman entered some codes into the computer and then told, “it was all good.”  I did finally arrive home to pick up my daughter an hour and a half later than scheduled.

LifeNews contacted American Airlines about the claims and has not heard back by press time. However, American has sent a similar tweet in response to complaints from abortion advocates on Twitter.

“Many consider the “F-word” offensive. Our crew members are aware of the comfort of others on the aircraft,” it said.