Miss America, abortion, and why these two things go together now... unfortunately

by Dani Stringer, CPNP

On Sunday night, I, like 6.7 million other Americans, tuned into ABC to watch the 2015 Miss America crowning. In my family, watching Miss America together is a tradition as strong as pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving and praying before meals. We have done this for generations. Ever since I was a toddler, I was inspired by Miss America. That inspiration even led me to compete in the organization and make the top 5 at Miss Arizona in 2012. But, with the unfolding events since Sunday night, that inspiration has dissipated....

Kira [Kazantsev] used to work at Planned Parenthood. This revelation created such a firestorm from the media that the Chairman and CEO of the Miss American Organization Sam Haskell made this statement.

"Each Miss America takes a different path to the crown and Kira's path is no less special. Kira's college internship with Planned Parenthood afforded her the opportunity to advocate against child abuse while writing her thesis," the statement said. "In choosing a Miss America, the judges seek a well-rounded young woman who has the life experiences to be an effective role model. Kira's life experiences--including being a first-generation American, a triple major college graduate, fluent in three languages, as well as her vocational opportunities--have shaped her into the tremendous young woman she is today."

I refuse to move past that statement. For an organization that is foundationally built on producing spokeswomen and role models, the president just made one of the most dichotomous statements I've ever heard. Did you catch that? According to him, working for America's largest provider of abortions gave Kira the opportunity to advocate against child abuse. Child abuse is defined as "any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation." Let me get one thing very loud and very clear for the misinformed Sam Haskell and the rest of America:

Terminating a child's life intentionally is child abuse. 

If a one month old is murdered in the United States, we are outraged. However, if this baby was killed just a few weeks before in-utero, it is a victory for women's rights. Sam Haskell went as far as to say that an internship at the very organization responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of children gave Kira the right to "advocate against child abuse." If abortion isn't child abuse, nothing is. No matter what form or fashion Kira's internship at Planned Parenthood took, she worked for the epitome of child abusers in the United States. I don't care how many languages Kira speaks, if she doesn't support the language of life and equality for pre-born children, I'm not listening....

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