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No, ‘abortion Barbie’ doll wasn’t created to teach girls about abortion

A Facebook post from 29 March 2019 claims a Barbie doll has been created to teach young girls about abortion.

Within days the post on Nigerian musician Jewel Fitila’s  page had been shared more than 1,000 times and garnered more than 40 comments and 186 reactions.

It reads: “They are already planning to teach your daughters about abortion as early as possible. Parents wake up!” The photo shows a Barbie doll with a black baby in a hole in her belly, a pair of scissors by her side.

Work of US-based anti-abortion activists

A reverse image search reveals the photo originally generated from the website Unsavoryagents.

An abortion Barbie poster was created by conservative street artist and founder of Unsavoryagents, Sabo. It was displayed in May 2014 during US lawyer and former Texas state senator Wendy Davis’s Los Angeles fundraising drive with filmmakers JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg.

It and other abortion-related posters were created to push the topic of abortion back on the table of Texan politics.

Made from ‘pregnant Barbie’

Unsavouryagents also created an actual abortion Barbie doll out of an unofficial “pregnant Barbie” made in China. A video shows how they did it.

In 2013, Wendy Davis gave an 11-hour speech trying to block the Texas senate from passing a restrictive abortion bill. Her efforts prevented the bill from being passed then, but it was later made law.

Conservative commenters soon gave Davis, who is blonde and attractive, the nickname “Abortion Barbie”. - Motunrayo Joel (22/05/19)


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