In a viral TikTok video, a pro-abortion advocate can be seen telling her infant daughter that she “chose to let her live,” even though she had every right to kill her prior to her birth. A video stitching together two posts by the TikToker was tweeted by Lila Rose, founder of Live Action, a pro-life advocacy organization.
In the video, the mother can be seen nursing her infant and telling the child, “Hi, I could have killed you, but I chose to let you live.”
Turning toward the camera, the woman then reiterated to her following, “I chose to let her live. As in, I had a choice. All women should have a choice.”
The baby cooed and hiccuped as her mother spoke. Above the mother’s head read the words, “motherhood is a choice and it is not for every woman.”
The clip was in response to the comment of another user who had said, “It’s so scary to see pro choicers with babies. Do you tell your kid, ‘I could have killed you but I decided that you can live’?” The user was apparently trying to establish that expressing such a sentiment toward one’s own child would be troubling. That point was lost on the woman, who went on to repeat the user’s words almost exactly to her infant child.
The video apparently elicited more comments to which the pro-choice mother was willing to respond.
“Do you realize what you just said? Killed. I just can’t wrap my brain around that no matter how I look at it,” another user commented. Reading the comment in a mocking tone, the mother responded, “If you don’t want to use the word ‘kill,’ that’s fine. If you want to use the word ‘kill,’ that’s fine.”
“When you use hand sanitizer, you kill germs,” she went on to say. Stroking the child’s face, she added, “I could have simply chosen to let you not exist. But I let you exist. I let you form past the zygote phase.”
Turning back toward the camera, she asked, “Is that better?”
“Yes, I realize what I just said, and I stand by it,” she continued. “If you want to get an abortion, get an abortion. If you don’t want to get an abortion, don’t get an abortion. But don’t try to oppress my rights.”
Posting the video to Twitter, Rose called it “horrific.”
“Abortion activists know abortion kills a child, yet they continue to promote the evil, horrific violence,” she added.
Others responded to the video by calling the TikToker’s words “evil,” “demonic,” “disturbing,” and “horrifying indeed.”
“Lord help her and her precious baby,” one person said. “God help us all.”
While abortion is an evergreen issue and a key talking point every election cycle, conversation around access to abortion has ramped up nationwide in light of a leaked Supreme Court decision draft signaling that the landmark Roe v. Wade decision could be overturned this summer.