Michael Jackson, Defender of Life?

Michael Jackson was pro-life? 

Yes, according to a new, never-before-released song Jackson penned titled “Song Groove (A/K/A Abortion Papers)“.   The song, which is a bonus track on the 25th anniversary re-release of Jackson’s hit album “Bad”, hits store shelves this week, and media are scrambling to tell the story.

Catholic site Phatmass posted the complete lyrics here, and Slate magazine included a pro-abortion, anti-God screed here, calling the tune “a goofy mix of religiosity and anxiety about women’s liberation.”  Slate’s unlovable columnist Amanda Marcotte shocks with her callous disregard for the unborn child and her disparaging of all considerations except her own:  Jackson, she writes, “judges us…for having consensual sex with age-appropriate partners without feeling obligated to go through with every accidental pregnancy.”

In Abortion Papers, Jackson plays the part of a man whose girlfriend chooses to abort his child—even though he wants the child and believes that abortion is outside the will of God.  He sings:

Those abortion papers
Signed in your name against the words of God
Those abortion papers
Think about life, I’d like to have my child.

Listen to the song:


Check out the full lyrics here.

  • bob

    not even, if you guys would of bought bad 25, you wouldn’t be speculating, idiots
    from the linear notes on bad 25 regarding, abortion papers
    “As noted earlier, this is a song that Michael knew could be controversial and, as a result, he spent a lot of time thinking about the story for the song and the voice through which the song should be told. The song is about a girl whose father is a priest; she was raised in the Church and on the Bible. She gets married in the Church but decides, against the Bible, to have an abortion and she wants “Abortion Papers.” As Michael indicated in his notes, “I have to do it in a way so I don’t offend girls who have gotten abortions or bring back guilt trips so it has to be done carefully… I have to really think about it.“ This is an early example of a song with a controversial subject.”

    • http://N/A Sue Jackson

      Thank you, Bob! Trust it to both the media and the high Church to twist Mr Jackson’s words to their ultimate words and means! Having researched and understand this gentleman’s character with facts and truth instead of a mix, no doubt, of all of the media’s scurrilous garbage printed over the last 15-20 years, I can honestly tell you, Ms Schiffer, that Mr Jackson had a deep Christian faith and values/beliefs and there is no way whatsoever he would have DELIBERATELY caused offence or upset to anyone with deliberate intent.

    • Ted Seeber

      Hate to inform you Bob, but most Catholics actually believe in a version of pro-life that is “conception until natural death”, and thus are equally concerned about the feelings of women victimized by the abortion industry. That’s why Project Rachel Exists!

  • Chetubim

    This song has an extremly good beat.
    I am dancing to it right now.

  • Bill M.

    We should pray for Amanda Marcotte’s conversion.

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  • corlista

    Michael never shied away from tackling many difficult and sensitive topics – racism, unwanted children, domestic abuse, betrayal, starvation, war, etc, etc – in his 40 years of song writing. This is no different – just more jarring for our queasy sensibilities. And for the record, he was not espousing a pro-life stand – read his notes. He was too sensitive to the plights of others to judge anyone but he knew there was a lot of pain involved with a woman having to make such a decision and a potential father losing his child. He wrote this song in his mid to late 20s when he was still very involved with the Jehovah Witness church and probably heard a lot of judgment re abortion. Even if he was pro-life, why doesn’t he have the right to his own feelings and opinions like everyone else? Of course, because it’s Michael Jackson, all of a sudden – according to some so called “journalists” – he’s a misogynist, a sexist, a destroyer of women’s rights, blah, blah, blah. More tabloid journalism… Amanda Marcotte is just another vituperous, self-righteous crone.

  • P Johns

    I do not understand why people make the assumption that anything created by an artist is representative of his or her personal beliefs and philosophy. He or she can speak with the voices of others–and are not necessarily constrained by their own personal experiences. A good pop song has a story line, a hook, and hopefully, as the teens used to tell Dick Clark long ago, “a good beat.” Pop songs, like operatic arias, are 99% of the time fictional representations created in by the imagination of their creator. Was Michael Jackson an anti-abortionist? Was Michael Jackson a near street gang member (“Bad”) or a 1930′s style gangster (“Smooth Criminal”)?

  • Steven

    Michael had a brain. supprised?
    He actualy had thoughts and oppinions about real world issues.
    seems like he’s not what media tried to cast him as. wake up world

    I like the song, And i like diving into his political views,
    what other musician today writes a song about abortion? huh?
    Through hiim i learned about President Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King,
    I listen to what he writes about, and try to understand it, study it, and apprieciate his work
    some folks wont “get it”, you’ll see it in their articles thats it’s way over their heads.

    This man Michael Jackson was leading the world, Challenging the world, writing quality music and lyrics, that made people think, and for some folks his work is high brow, leave them alone in there ignorace.


    Michael Jackson was a master storyteller who was willing to tackle sensitive subjects. He was also extremely sensitive to others’ feelings and was eminently fair and was not a judgmental person. It would be a big mistake to assume that Jackson was giving his personal feelings in this song. Shame on those who continue to try to judge him and “put words in his mouth.” As always, Michael’s art gets people talking and thinking which is what great artists do.

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  • Ted Seeber

    The comments in this blog have taught me a lot about the way pro-choice people actually think. Thank you. Now I have to let those concerns work on my concern that abortion is a symptom of bigotry.

    • Penny

      Yes you are right. Abortion is a symptom of bigotry. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, thought minorities were “less than” and pushed birth control on the unwashed masses. She was a eugenicist. The black population makes up 13% of the US population, yet 35% of abortion mills are in their neighborhoods. Bigotry? You bet!
      Being pro-life means being pro-any life: poor, minority, handicapped.

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