By Kortney Blythe
Sarah Seltzer, a regular blogger on the rabidly pro-abortion web site RH Reality Check, just posted raving reviews about an episode of the TV show "Friday Night Lights" in which a character gets an abortion. I’ve previously discussed how more TV shows are depicting young people rejecting abortion in favor of adoption or raising the child. Meanwhile, abortion advocates grumble over what they see as a stigma surrounding abortion on TV. They just can’t stand to see characters actually make the right decision for their child.
Instead, Seltzer would rather a show “break that barrier” by “depicting a character having an abortion in a very nonpolitical, personal way … [one who] arrive[s] at this decision from an honest, intensely personal, non-ideological standpoint.”
First, abortion is not a political issue; it’s a human rights violation. Second, no amount of gushy words like “honest” or “personal” can cover up the brutal truth—they’re talking about dismembering a baby. And that barrier she wants broken is people’s natural tendency to feel—at the very least—discomfort, but more often disgust, over abortion. She wants to desensitize the majority of Americans who have conscionable objections to the slaughter of innocent people by portraying it as no big deal. This is a common tactic of godless secularists—shove immorality into people’s faces via television shows until they lose their aversion to it and start to embrace it.
On the episode, Becky, distraught over rejection by an older man, has a fling with another boy, Luke. She's pregnant and initially wants an abortion, but Luke causes her to think more about it. Her mother had her as a teenager, and this also causes her to pause.
When Becky tells her mother, she’s furious and in favor of the abortion. Apparently, in their fictitious world, the state law mandates that the doctor tell them about the age of the baby—which upsets them—just not enough to dissuade them from going forward with the killing.
Before the abortion, Becky tells an adult friend, Tami, that she feels “weird” about it. Tami says that’s because “it’s a hard decision.” But why is it hard? If it’s just a surgery to remove some sort of foreign invader from one’s body, what’s so hard or weird about it?
Becky gives reasons why the abortion seems best: no money, still young, in school and the overused excuse that having a baby will “throw my life away.” Her mother’s insistence that she have the abortion also leads her to think, “I was her mistake and she has just struggled and hurt and everyday she wanted better.” What a sad thing for a daughter to feel about her own existence.
In a moment of clarity, Becky considers, “Maybe I could take care of this baby and maybe I would be good at it and I could love it and I would be there for it.” Once again, when the possibility of not killing the “product of conception” is discussed, there’s all of a sudden a “baby” involved. But as soon as abortion is decided upon, that “baby” reverts to being a pregnancy, clump of cells, fetus, embryo or any number of dehumanizing euphemisms.
She tragically concludes, “I can't take care of a baby. I can't.” Wait, a woman can’t do something? But I thought “reproductive rights” empowered women to do anything they want? Shouldn’t the feminist response then be, “Yes, you can”? Aren’t all of your options attainable? Of course, even if it were the case that she couldn’t take care of a baby, there are millions of couples who want to and absolutely could take care of a baby. Why not give a couple the gift of a child?
In the end, she tells the father, Luke, “It was the right choice.” What a warped world we live in where murdering a tiny, helpless child is “right.”