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Sister Cindy, whose real name is Cindy Smock, has been preaching with her husband at college campuses for more than 40 years. She describes herself as “pro-life.”
She uses exaggerated rhetoric and what she describes as humor to try to relate to students.
Her remarks about women running down to abortion clinics were sarcastic and said in response to Missouri State University students chanting “my body, my choice,” according to a local reporter in Missouri.
An edited video of a woman who appears to be speaking enthusiastically about abortion is being falsely portrayed on social media.
"Absolute evil. Listen to her voice and the cheering..," read a May 7 Facebook post. The post shared a TikTok video where a woman tells a crowd, "Ladies, if you get pregnant, run on down to the abortion clinic and have that little bastard sucked right out!"
A crowd of young people watching her cheer and laugh.
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"The proof that this isn't about health...It's about death," Sebastian Gorka, a former aide to President Donald Trump, tweeted on May 7. He tweeted the video again a day later, calling it "Truly Satanic."
"Highlight reel footage for the midterms," conservative commentator Mike Cernovich tweeted on May 7.
But the claim that this person is actually advocating abortion misses context about who the speaker is and what she has said she believes.
The video appears to have originated on TikTok, where it amassed nearly 3 million views. "This just in: Sister Cindy supports abortion," reads the caption, which is a clue that the video is not what it seems.
"Sister Cindy," whose real name is Cindy Smock, is a Christian evangelist from Indiana who travels with her husband to, she writes on the ministry’s website, "share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the students of America." The husband-and-wife team have been traveling to college campuses around the country for more than 40 years. Smock often uses inflammatory rhetoric, and sometimes comedy, in her speeches and commentary. Some of her comments have been criticized as being homophobic and racist.
"My husband and I take the confrontational approach to Evangelism," Smock told Vice in a 2021 interview. "We go out on the campuses and call the students to repentance and faith in Jesus."
Smock has become a TikTok star, amassing over 400,000 followers who watch videos of her campus visits and buy her merchandise or order videos of her "roasting" their friends.
In another video of her abortion comments filmed at Missouri State University on May 3, Gregory Holman, a reporter for KSMU, a local public radio station, tweeted that her remarks about women running down to abortion clinics were sarcastic and came in response to students chanting "my body, my choice."
We reached out to Smock to find out more context about the video being widely shared but she didn’t respond. However, on her TikTok account, she shared the video where she spoke about abortion, with a text overlay that reads, "When Gen Z, the masters of satire, are outwitted by Sis. Cindy."
She then snapped her fingers in approval after hearing the line that has garnered so much attention online. A text overlay at the bottom of the video reads, "Your choice but, ‘Shall not the JUDGE of the earth do right?’"
Some commenters on her Tik-Tok video still seemed confused about her position on abortion.
One asked her what she thought of abortion as a live-saving procedure, and Smock replied it’s "between her and God!!" Further down, another commenter posted "Jeremiah 1:5," to which she replied, "exactly."
That Bible verse reads: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."
But in another TikTok video, she urged her followers to head to Truth Social, Trump’s fledgling social network, to find out what she really believes.
"So what does Sister Cindy really believe?" she says in the video on Truth Social. "Roe vs. Wade? Well, I believe that life begins at conception, and of course I'm pro-life."
A video claims to show an abortion rights supporter brazenly encourage young women to go get abortions. But the woman shown in the video is a longtime evangelist who travels the country to preach at college campuses, often using crude language and over-the-top rhetoric as satire to try to relate to the young students. In a video on Truth Social she described herself as "pro-life."
We rate this claim False.
PolitiFact reporter Yacob Reyes contributed to this report.
Facebook post, May 7, 2022
Olivia_marks2, Tiktok video
Sister Cindy, @sister_Cindy, video on Truth Social
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Gregory Holman, KSMU, tweet, May 3, 2022
The Daily Iowan, "TikTok’s Sister Cindy draws jeering crowd in Iowa City with inflammatory message," Sept. 10, 2021
The Standard, Missouri State University, "Sister Cindy: "Repent, you horny devil!" updated Feb. 14, 2017
Daily Titan, "Viral preacher Sister Cindy visits campus," April 18, 2022
New University, "TikTok Preacher Sister Cindy Visits UCI, Draws Crowd of Students," May 4, 2022
Sally, YouTube, "Brother Jed Smock and Sister Cindy on 'Sally' - Pt. 2 (1988)"
Sister Cindy, Instagram post, April 30
Sister Cindy, TikTok page
Sister Cindy, "TikTok post" May 5, 2022
Get Roasted, "Sister Cindy"
Cameo, "Sister Cindy"
University of Florida Alligator, "Plaza evangelists ignore hecklers to spread God’s word," Dec. 8, 1981
Biblia, "Jeremiah 1:5"
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