Last week, Teen Vogue posted a Snapchat story that showed teenage girls how to obtain an abortion, with or without their parents’ permission.
“Imagine this… you’re 16, you’re pregnant and you don’t want to be,” the Snapchat story starts. Captured by Laura Klassen, the story published by Teen Vogue on the social media app popular with teenagers, says that “having access to abortion should be your right, regardless of your parents’ beliefs,” but that “unfortunately, not every state legislature agrees, so the first step is knowing your states rules when it comes to parental consent.”
The story continues, advising girls that if they feel that their parents’ reactions “might be hostile, you should act accordingly,” and they should only be told if they “feel safe.” It then informs viewers of the procedure to gain an abortion without parental consent, known as a “judicial bypass procedure,” but warns that “it takes time and involves testifying before a judge.” It also advises viewers to “contact your local abortion fund if you need help paying for it.”
Some commenters on the Facebook post were horrified by the actions of Teen Vogue. Aline Boux was furious, saying that anyone who “does a medical procedure on my child without my consent, will have me to deal with”:
I am loving and supportive and don’t want teen vogue interfering in our personal lives. Try promoting contraceptives, condoms, adoption instead. You need ALL options not just one. I saw my child’s heartbeat at 5.5 weeks gestation. She was alive/had a beating heart.
Virginia Korcha said that this post was “EXACTLY why my daughters do not have SnapChat.”
However, some were more supportive of the post. Megan Danielle Reed said it was “amazing”:
I’m so glad Vouge [sic] is making sure young women are aware of their rights and making them feel safe to make their own decisions. Thank your for sharing this helpful info.
Jake Moore Copeland simply replied, “Good. If their parents won’t help them have bodily autonomy, I’m glad someone is.”
This is not the first time that Teen Vogue have discussed mature topics for their target audience (ages 12-17). In March this year, they posted a video entitled “5 Misconceptions About Sex and Gender,” where “7 Activists and LGBTQIA+ people” discussed why the gender binary is “bullshit,” and that “the idea that the body is male and female is totally wrong.” You can watch the video below:
They also faced a backlash for writing an article entitled “Anal Sex: What You Need to Know”, teaching kids how to “do it the RIGHT way,” and claimed that criticism of the article was “rooted in homophobia.”
The backlash to this article is rooted in homophobia. It's also laced in arcane delusion about what it means to be a young person today.
— Phillip Picardi (@pfpicardi) July 14, 2017