Hollywood knows that the messages it puts into television shows, movies and music does slowly begin to influence the perceptions of the general populace. One abortion activist and writer believes that the entertainment industry isn’t doing enough to indoctrinate the public when it comes to the issue of abortion.
Specifically, it rarely shows a mother seeking an abortion.
While it could easily be argued that every woman who is pregnant is already a mother, author Danielle Campoamor of Marie Claire states that films and TV series fail to show women getting abortions who are already mothers.
Campoamor wrote, “Countless studies have highlighted the importance of representation in the media, be it race, gender, relationships, body size and shape, mental health, or disability status. The same is true of abortion—a safe medical procedure one in four women (as well as trans men and non-binary people) will have by the time they’re 45. But accurate depictions of the most common abortion patients, parents, is still severely lacking—to the detriment of mothers like (Kay) Winston and the abortion providers who care for them.”
Renee Bracey Sherman, who’s the executive director of We Testify and is quoted in the article, states, “One of the main ways that people learn about information and experiences is through television and film, particularly when it comes to sex and healthcare, given that we don’t have a nationwide comprehensive sexual health education program.”
That idea, in and of itself, is a bit concerning.
Hollywood should not be the bastion of abortion nor sex education.
When it comes to abortion, it usually treats the procedure with kid gloves, like in the pro-abortion road trip film Unpregnant. In the movie, the abortion itself is treated as something of little consequence and as almost an afterthought. It’s also clear that the producers believe that pro-life supporters are unhinged lunatics, as a pro-life couple inexplicably and unbelievably chase around two teen girls in a mobile ultrasound RV.
There’s also the gritty film Never Rarely Sometimes Always, which shows an impoverished teen and her cousin going to New York in order to secure an abortion.
Plugged In’s Emily Clark wrote about the film, “This is an agonizing tale of a pregnant young woman who never really seems to recognize any other choice but abortion—even if that’s a choice that ultimately seems destined to add still more layers of shame, pain and isolation to Autumn’s quietly tragic existence.”
In order to promote a pro-abortion message, the producers try to elicit the sympathy of the audience in order to make the case that the only way a woman or teen can deal with an unplanned pregnancy is to have an abortion. There are no alternatives. Pro-life advocates, who make a brief appearance in the film, are treated as unsympathetic people who engage in scare tactics in order to try and get what they want. It is by no means an uplifting or educational film.
When it comes to sex education, Hollywood is also a poor teacher and example. Take the new HBO Max version of “Gossip Girl.” In the first episode, according to a synopsis from Plugged In, “Graphic sex and sexual activity of all sorts, between all genders, is fair game here with these teens, and it’s plastered across the screen for all to see. Drugs? Well, they’re discussed and taken casually. Betrayal? It’s like the middle name of every character in this show. And language? Expect it to be foul.”
There’s also the equally graphic HBO Max show Euphoria, which deals with teen addiction, graphic sex and also has a transgender character.
The acceptance of the gay subculture in American life had its beginnings in the entertainment industry, and now pro-abortion advocates want to use similar tactics to desensitize the public to abortion. It won’t work.
Abortion is the intentional killing of a preborn baby. There’s no way to sugar coat it or make it something more palatable. Hollywood may have won the war when it comes to gay-identified people in media, but it won’t when it comes to abortion. However, expect to see more and more pro-abortion story lines in films and TV series, especially in the near future as Hollywood seeks to use its influence when it comes to abortion.
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