Men often are portrayed as wanting their babies to be born, but never are they given a voice in the decision. It’s always and only up to the woman, proving Hollywood does get it right on some issues.
And pro-life voices are heard only in the context of their crazy, radical, judgmental worldview. Christians, and especially Catholics, are portrayed as uncaring about anyone except the unborn, regardless of a woman’s dire circumstances. Proving Hollywood knows very few Christian or Catholic pro-lifers, and has never researched the services they provide — free of charge — to women in crisis pregnancies.
Still, abortion is usually seen as a hard choice, a narrative that abortion advocates actually resent.
That’s why the people at Planned Parenthood are claiming “Parenthood” as their “Small Victory” — not only because one scene takes place in a clean, comfortable, professionally staffed Planned Parenthood clinic, where Amy gets the full range of crisis pregnancy counseling before confidently choosing to off her child — but also because Amy’s detachment from the life growing inside her is precisely the new narrative — and thus, the new norm — that they seek.
It wasn’t a total victory for abortion advocates. The word “abortion” is uttered only a few times in the episode, as it was barely mentioned on “Maude” more than 40 years ago. Some things just don’t get less ugly over time.
It’s estimated that 55 million lives have been lost to the U.S. Supreme Court’s declaration that a woman’s right to privacy with her doctor trumps her baby’s right to see the light of day. That narrative will never be “no big deal” to some of us.
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