A performer who played princesses at Disney World in the 1980s gave a strong “no” to the idea that one of its cartoon princesses should have an abortion.
She should know. While working as a princess in Disney shows, Deanna Falchook aborted an unborn baby – a decision she now profoundly regrets.
Falchook shared her story Thursday at Medium after seeing a Planned Parenthood tweet about “need[ing] a Disney princess who’s had an abortion.” The abortion group’s Pennsylvania affiliate deleted the tweet in response to a sharp backlash, but it did not apologize.
“Maybe the reason Planned parenthood [sic] wants to rewrite the princess stories is because stories of evil witches in pursuit of killing off beautiful princesses has already been told,” she said. “I guess they don’t like their part of the story.”
In 1981, as a young woman, Falchook said she worked at Disney World, doing voices for Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and dressing up as princesses in the theme-park. While she was working there, she became pregnant and chose to abort her unborn child.
There was no pressure from the company or management to abort my baby. I didn’t tell them. But I made a decision on my own that I quickly lived to regret.
In the immediate days following my abortion, I struggled deeply. I continued to sing songs in front of the castle about dreams coming true, but eventually had to quit my dream job due to my inability to reconcile my decision within myself. I wanted to die.
Eventually, 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 said she eventually married her “prince,” and they adopted five children from various countries around the world. She now is an advocate for adoption and life-affirming choices.
“We are a blended family of immigrants and American born children representing Jewish culture, Christian, British Royal heritage, Hispanic, Ukrainian, African. And we all are a Disney family beautifully woven together by God’s grace and living in the shadow of Cinderella’s castle in Orlando,” she said.
Later, she continued:
Disney doesn’t need a princess who has had an abortion. For years feminists have been princess bashing because they clearly don’t really grasp the depth of the princess stories that have already been told of overcoming evil, beauty rising out of the ugliness of the world, empowering love that is willing to slay dragons, resurrecting life after evil witch potions threatens to poison and demanding true love in a world that wants to rewrite the happy ending into something less romantic. Cinderella, Aurora, Belle, Merida, Ariel, Mulan all represent strength, power, grace, favor, determination and beauty out of ashes.
Abortion doesn’t empower.
And there is no greater example of bravery and strength than the millions of mothers who choose life for their little princes and princesses every year.