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Friday, November 18, 2005

A cover story in this week's Village Voice says that when it comes to the abortion issue, TV shows are where they were 30 years ago.

Author Rebecca Raber writes:

It seems like everyone in TV land is pregnant these days. All of those plot-pushing hookups that keep us tuned in week after week have resulted in positive pregnancy tests for Housewives and high schoolers on every channel. This is often an unwelcome surprise, but none of these fictional characters, unlike their real-world counterparts who might agonize over the choice to have a baby, will choose to end their pregnancies. In fact, we might as well be living in an era before Roe v. Wade as far as TV is concerned. Characters these days rarely even say the word abortion when confronted with an unplanned pregnancy—let alone have one.
We've written here about a number of these same TV pregnancy plots: Desperate Housewives, The OC, and Six Feet Under.

Raber believes that the woman in these fictional situations not only would have had abortions, contrary to the plots designed around them on the shows, but also argues that women in these situations should have had abortions. (On our blog, we reserve the term "pro-abortion" for someone who thinks that other people really ought to have abortions.)

Her overall point is that looking at how TV scriptwriters handle unexpected pregnancies suggests that people who are pro-abortion are losing the culture war.

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