Hollywood is Normalizing Abortion by Portraying It Onscreen ‘at Record Levels’

Clockwise from top left: scenes from “Shrill,” “Claws,” “Scandal” and “Veep,” all shows in which characters have abortions.
Clockwise from top left: Allyson Riggs/Hulu; TNT; ABC; HBO

Hollywood is depicting abortions “at record levels” more than in years past, according to The New York Times

“You’re definitely seeing more of the matter-of-fact ‘I am pregnant, I don’t want to be, I’m going to have an abortion,’” Gretchen Sisson, a sociologist at the University of California, San Francisco, told the Times about her observations. “And it’s gone way up in 2019.”

Sisson centered her research in tracking abortions depicted in entertainment. Her study showed that halfway through 2019, there has already been 21 on-screen conversations or depictions of termination. In 2018, she found 18 instances and in 2017 there were 34, but she expects this year to surpass that number.

Below is a portion of her finding:

“In the pilot for ‘Shrill,’ Abby, the single millennial played by Aidy Bryant, professes to feel ‘powerful’ after having terminated her unplanned pregnancy. 

On one of the final episodes of ‘Veep,’ Anna Chlumsky’s pregnant political aide lays into abortion opponents protesting outside a clinic, hollering, ‘I even prayed a little, and here I am.’ 

On ‘She’s Gotta Have It,’ the ambitious Clorinda, played by Margot Bingham, defends her decision to the baby’s father, saying anything she does with her body is her choice. 

Sisson noted that 11 people credited with writing the aforementioned episodes were women.

“These portrayals, like others on the series ‘Glow’ and ‘Dear White People,’ are a marked departure from how abortion was depicted, or not, in storylines from the ’80s through the early aughts,” she added.

In the 20th century, storylines involving unplanned pregnancies were often carried to term or lost to miscarriage. Sisson explained that in the rare instance a termination did take place on screen, it was due to psychological or physical problems or death.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law