Brent Bozell
The NBC series "Parenthood"' has drawn raves from TV critics this season for a storyline about a 40-something mother fighting cancer. Then on Jan. 1, NBC asked viewers to tune in the following Tuesday for an "unforgettable" new episode. A teenager would get an abortion at Planned Parenthood. Such is NBC's definition of "parenthood."

Drew, one of show's leading teenager characters, has an ex-girlfriend named Amy who comes back to tell him "I'm pregnant." The high school seniors go to the Planned Parenthood clinic, and the scene plays like a political commercial.

The counselor says, "If you decide to continue the pregnancy, we'd be happy to refer you for prenatal care. Of course, there are resources for teen moms who decide to raise a child. Adoption is also an option for you to consider. Now, if you decide to end the pregnancy, you have two options." But then NBC swells the sensitive guitar-strumming music up. They don't really want viewers to hear the abortion pitch. Oh, the irony.

The couple returns to the car. Says Amy, "Well there's only one option, right?" Drew replies, "That's not the only option." But Amy is traumatized: "If I have this baby, my life is over!" You can almost feel her channeling her inner Barack Obama. She doesn't want to be "punished with a baby."

Drew isn't so much pro-life as he is pro-Amy, wanting to convince her he supports her choices and hoping for a future with her. "Look, obviously I'm gonna support you no matter what. That's all I'm saying." This neatly matches the laughable new Planned Parenthood slogan, selling the idea of their neutrality on abortion: "Care. No matter what."

Care to murder a child if you believe the fetus to be a child?

The girl blankly insists, "I need help coming up with the money." Guess what Planned Parenthood called it on Twitter? A "refreshing" episode about "the real issues teens face."

After the off-camera abortion, Drew drives Amy home and asks if he can call later. She thanks him for the ride, but says she needs "a lot of space." At the episode's end, he arrives home crying and falls into his mother's arms. Is the crying from the trauma of the abortion? Or is he just distraught at being dumped by the girl? NBC ends the show without any actual explanation.

Of one thing we can be certain. NBC will never portray him as guilt-ridden for taking the life of his own child.


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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