Macy Petty, a pro-life college student at Lee University, is “outraged” that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and California Governor Gavin Newsom falsely used her tears as propaganda, pushing abortion in a pro-choice ad.
The ad is being promoted to enshrine abortion rights in the California State Constitution.
Petty wrote an open letter that she posted to Twitter on Oct. 20 where she slammed Clinton, Newsom, and those who created the ad, asserting that they misused her image crying to promote “demonic activity.”
The video shows Petty collapsing to the ground and crying outside the Supreme Court as the landmark abortion case Roe vs. Wade was overturned. The footage shows her weeping with the word “sad” overlaid on her image, portraying her reaction as devastation rather than joy. The student’s joyous tears were in response to the striking down of a law that many consider infanticide, especially Christians.
— Macy Petty (@macypetty0416) October 20, 2022
“Hey Hillary, I’m the girl crying in this video,” Petty tweeted to Clinton on Oct. 20. “I am pro-life and those are HAPPY tears because I just witnessed a MIRACLE!”
— Macy Petty (@macypetty0416) October 20, 2022
“I’m part of a generation of pro-life activists,” she told The Christian Post in an interview that was published on Friday. “My mom worked at a pregnancy center, and my grandma started one. So it’s in my blood. And I was just so grateful to be there to witness it because there are so many people who were in the fight before me who didn’t get to witness it.”
The message must have been received and, possibly fearing a lawsuit, Petty’s image is not in the most recent version of the ad. However, her face is still part of the ad that Newsom, Clinton, and dozens of abortion advocates are putting out on social media. The California Democratic Party paid for the ad.
Petty told Newsom and Clinton that the footage “portrayed me in an evil light and distorted my emotions as part of your political games.”
— Macy Petty (@macypetty0416) October 22, 2022
“You selected the portion in which I fell to my knees in tears,” she recounted. “At this moment, I witnessed a miracle. I was overwhelmed. As I continued to witness history, I pondered how lucky I was to witness such an event. I thanked the Lord for this decision and for opening my eyes to the evil of abortion. This is what brought me to tears.”
.@HillaryClinton tweets a pro-abortion ad that takes a pro-life student’s tears out of context.
— YAF (@yaf) October 27, 2022
“I will not stand by as you use my face, my tears, and my passion in a way that promotes demonic activity,” Petty informed them and then demanded an apology.
“I’m not surprised. They manipulate women every day,” Petty told Campus Reform in an interview. “Their entire agenda feeds on manipulating women, but honestly it’s just totally embarrassing for their campaign.”
“Could you not find an early 20-year-old who was truly sad about the Dobbs decision?” she asked. “You must manipulate the film of an obvious opponent of your campaign? Perhaps this is the indicator that America is truly pro-life.”
“It’s embarrassing for their side that they had to stoop this low… they couldn’t find a pro-choice girl who’s crying at the court. They had to manipulate footage of a pro-life girl,” Petty added.
Petty cried tears of joy when Roe was overturned, but the ad portrays her as an upset abortion activist.
“It is awful. They are totally manipulating those emotions and trying to promote the killing of innocent children because of my tears.” – Macy Petty @CAFamily
— micaiah bilger (@micaiah157) October 24, 2022
The ad is promoting California’s Proposition 1, which is a ballot measure that would make abortion rights part of the state constitution. Roughly 71 percent of registered California voters support Proposition 1, according to an August poll by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies.
The measure would modify “the California Constitution to say that the state cannot deny or interfere with a person’s reproductive freedom and that people have the fundamental right to choose.”
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