A pro-life group in Colorado has adopted the line "a person's a person, no matter how small" from Horton Hears a Who — which was turned into a song for the Broadway production Seussical the Musical — as a way to petition for a measure recognizing conception as the start of a human life. Such groups have been quoting this passage for years, despite the fact that both Dr. Seuss and his wife made it publicly clear they were not okay with that. (And rightly so: It's being used out of context and is about as inappropriate as Planned Parenthood taking on "Last Caress" — "I got something to say/ I killed your baby today/ And it doesn't matter much to me/ As long as its dead" — by the Misfits as a theme song.)
But it got me to thinking: What other songs could be used as ridiculous pro-choice anthems? The Smiths' "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish"? Or maybe Black Sheep's "The Choice Is Yours"? Earnest no-brainers: Aretha Franklin "Think (Freedom)" Bobby Brown "My Prerogative"
How about these:
Britney Spears "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman"
I'm not a girl,Janet Jackson "Control"
Not yet a woman.
All I need is time,
A moment that is mine,
While I'm in between.
Got my own mindNot so literal:
I wanna make my own decisions
When it has to
do with my life,
I wanna be the one in control
Lil' Kim "Big Momma Thang"
And ohMy abortion song, by title alone, would be:
Don't cha like the way I roll
And play wit my bushy
Tell me what's on your mind when your tongues in the pussy
Is it marriage?
Shit no, on a dime shit is mine
Belle & Sebastian "Is it Wicked Not to Care?"
But actually, when I was undergoing an abortion about seven years ago, the radio was on, and, as they were prepping me for the anesthetic, the song that came on was "Sexual Healing." I remember staring up at the water stain on the drop-ceiling thinking, "You have got to be kidding me."