By Dave Andrusko
Each time I read some drivel about the bad old days–before women could abort a defenseless child for any reason or no reason, as late in pregnancy as they wish and by methods so gruesome no self-respecting slaughterhouse would use them–it seems I come across stories that remind us just how far we have sunk over the last nearly 44 years.
I was going to write about this last week, but I had to cool off first.
Here’s the headline from a story from the Washington Post, “‘You’re The Worst’ just set the new standard for how to tell an abortion story.”
Here’s a headline about the same program in New York Magazine, “The Most Quietly Radical Way to Depict Abortion Onscreen.”
Each tries to outdo the other in congratulating Lindsay Jillian (played by actress Kether Donohue in the show) for what the Post’s Alyssa Rosenberg called “one of the most quietly audacious stories about abortion that pop culture has seen in years.”
Which was what, exactly? Jillian
terminated the pregnancy she’d induced via turkey baster while estranged from her husband.
And she felt fine about it.
First, you, in effect, create your own baby, then, second, you off the child without a hint of remorse, regret, or conscience.
This is the contemporary pro-abortion feminist mind in its native habitat–pop culture– at its most revealing and most sordid.
Most thinking human beings, regardless of their position on abortion, would find the idea of self-impregnation using a turkey baster revolting. Not Rosenberg or Anna Silman of New York magazine. It is the epitome of female empowerment, of “self-actualization.”
As Rosenberg put it, almost gleefully, “There’s no attempt to ameliorate the decision, to attribute it to anything other than her preferences and her self-actualization, and the episode doesn’t apologize for her choice.”
The whole point, of course, is to remove abortion from the realm of moral calculation. It just is beyond good and evil–so take that pro-lifers.
As was the case with the movie “Obvious Child,” the show has it both ways. The character is so “sweetly self-absorbed,” so totally unsuitable to be a parent the show’s token “anti-abortionist” gives her nod of approval.
Rosenberg explains she tells Jillian’s best friend,
“Actually, I was going to tell her to do it [abort]. In my book, there are extenuating circumstances: rape, incest and whatever this is.”
In fact (no surprise here), Jillian’s decision to kill her unborn child should be seen as redemptive. It is a mark of generosity, even nobility, and a step in her [long, long] walk to adulthood.
Last season, “You’re The Worst” suggested that Lindsay’s decision not to tell Paul that she was pregnant so he could be happy with his new girlfriend was a selfless, loving act. Now, terminating that pregnancy, however frightening it might seem, is the most mature decision Lindsay could have made. Rather than letting the trappings of adulthood settle on her, no matter how poorly they fit, Lindsay embraces Gretchen’s promise to help her figure out how to become “a real human being” on her own terms.
Or as Kether Donohue told the Hollywood Reporter, “Lindsay’s journey is toward her authentic self. And to get an abortion, she’s finally being responsible.”
Maturity through the lethal exercise of power over the life of a helpless baby you deliberately brought into existence. Authenticity by killing because you can.
What morally truncated human beings.