How?s this for ?reality TV ?? Tuesday night a British network televised an abortion.
In a documentary titled ?My Foetus,?
What?s behind something so grotesque? For one thing, it?s Western culture?s jadedness. What shocked us yesterday has become commonplace, so we descend another step into once-forbidden territory to ?get a buzz? today. Deviancy continues to be defined downward.
But the problem is even deeper. Josephine Quintavalle, director of
The program?s producer, Julia Black, had an abortion at age 21, and her father founded an abortion clinic. She told the
Ms. Black explained that her abortion forced her to acknowledge that ?abortion ends the life? of what she euphemistically calls ?a potential human being.? Wednesday?s Telegraph added, ?But as a second?wanted?baby took shape inside her, she began to wonder if the 180,000 British women who opted for abortion each year were fully informed when they made their choice.? Sounds like she was becoming pro-life and going to warn others.
Black, you see, decided that a woman needs ?to be convinced that abortion is a morally legitimate procedure, even after knowing what it involves.? So she took viewers on her journey of learning to accept abortion as legitimate. She believed in showing real images and would ?engage with the reality? in order to deny that reality and, therefore, dull the consciences of hundreds of thousands of women.