Planned Parenthood Sponsors “Abortion Rights” Ice Cream Truck

Planned Parenthood sponsored an “abortion rights” ice-cream truck handing out condoms at the world-famous SXSW festival this month in Austin, Texas.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund president Alexis McGill Johnson posted a tweet with a picture of the truck saying, “Ice cream, you scream, we all scream for abortion rights!” The fund is the 501(c)(4) political lobbying arm of the abortion industry leader. Johnson also asked supporters to come by the truck at SXSW to pick up free condoms, “swag” and education materials about the “cold-hearted” Texas state laws.

Many comments in reply to Johnson’s tweet expressed disgust with the distasteful truck. Several users stated their outrage at using an ice cream truck to “sell abortion to kids.” The truck was covered with posters with abortion-themed slogans, including “Abortion Rights for All” and “Ice Cream as Cold as Texas Politicians.”

Under the poster at child-height level showing the ice cream choices were displayed pictures of popsicles captioned with the types of condoms available, including “Ribbed,” “Glow in the Dark,” “Bubblegum,” and “Spidey.”

It appears that Johnson and the truck are protesting the Texas Heartbeat Act enacted last year and recently upheld by the Texas Supreme Court. The law bans almost all abortions in the state after a fetal heartbeat has been medically detected, normally around the sixth week of pregnancy.

The law was also reviewed in a preliminary manner by the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to prevent it from going into effect last summer. The court did allow a legal challenge to the law to go forward in state court, which ended with the ruling by the Texas Supreme Court in favor of the law.

The focus of the legal challenges to the law has been on its enforcement procedure, previously unseen in pro-life statutes. The law allows private citizens to enforce its provisions through civil lawsuits in Texas state courts and prohibits all state officials from taking enforcement measures. So far, abortion providers in Texas have been largely deterred by the prospect of expensive litigation and significant penalties in civil court under the new law.

Planned Parenthood has traditionally played down its role in providing abortions, often claiming that abortion procedures only make up 3 percent of their services. The recent uptick in pro-life state initiatives like the Texas Heartbeat Act has the organization resorting to cheap theatrics and appeals to sensationalism to go all-in on promoting a radical abortion on demand policy.