A viral TikTok video showing a teenage girl getting an abortion set off a fiery debate over abortion rights and how it was regarded on social media.
The username @cpcake uploaded a 20 second video clip, which began with an apprently positive pregancy test belonging to her friend Ashley. The girl shows off her stomach before the video follows them to a planned parenthood clinic, where they point out a solemn couple in the waiting room before cutting to Ashley on the table in a medical gown.
The video which was posted from a now private profile but posted in some tweets, is overall lighthearted. Set to a remix of Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain,” Ashley nervously laughs and fist pumps before she’s is in the exam room.
The video has no noticeable optics of the procedure or graphic footage, but its casual tone set off bitter debate across social media.
Conservative figures latched onto the video, calling it a distasteful take on a serious issue. Charlie kirk, the president and the founder of the conservative advocacy group Turning point USA , wrote on twitter that the video was “sick & depraved” and blamed “the left.”
The video also caught the eye of Lila Rose, who serves as president of Live Action, an anti-abortion group that regularly posts anti-abortion content on TikTok. Rose slammed the video in one tweet as show of cruelty. In a later tweet, she urger her followers to pray for a girl shown in the video and against abortion right policies.
Abortion is a popular topic on TikTok , with videos under the #abortion and #profile tags racking up more than 70 million views each, most likely because the platform offers a wide array of way users can comment their opinions on the matter.