On this Valentine’s Day, OkCupid is letting users ask a special someone whether they are on the path to become a parent, in support of the abortion rights movement. OkCupid’s photo-based questionnaire – which asks users whether or not they want to start a family, have children or adopt a child – was developed in response to an internal backlash against a campaign spearheaded by Planned Parenthood.
According to the pro-abortion organization, conservative men are more likely to have sex with women than women are with men – and, the critics say, this leads men into having children later in life. Other widely circulated media articles allege that even if a male partner does not want to get married, he should not have children unless he plans to follow through on the commitment. But OkCupid is presenting these studies as scientific fact.
The new feature – which will run through the end of February – was reported by Right Wing Watch reporter Josh Voorhees. But in actuality, no other dating site has ever opted to openly feature a feature in support of the pro-abortion movement. Even hookup app Tinder, which claims to oppose abortion, only began recommending (and helping women complete) partner questions when a new policy implemented in May of 2016.
In response to the feature, many OkCupid users began spreading their opinions across the social media platform. “Hey, the pro-abortion angle!” one user tweeted, while another added, “Amen, @okcupid.” One user actually begged for his account to be deactivated so he could “show people what you’re all about.”
Of course, these same users tend to dismiss the pro-life argument against abortion, which is proven by the healthy number of babies that are born each year to so-called “unwanted” women. Abortion also kills every second of a woman’s lifetime – and more than 2 million women have it induced each year, which is the second leading cause of death of women of childbearing age, after childbirth.
Although it’s admirable that some members of the gay community oppose abortion in preference to marriages, it shouldn’t be such a hard sell that most of OkCupid’s users do.
OkCupid will continue to serve as a dating destination for those that value mental, social and physical well-being – not when “pro-lifers” believe they want to start families, and “kids” exist because there are “seeds” in the ground.
Ian Manning is an intern in the Culture and Media Institute’s Washington Watch Unit.
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