By Dave Andrusko
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, we’ve reposted many stories from Newsbusters that detail the romance between various Hollywood types and abortion, in general and many of those same celebrities with Planned Parenthood, in particular. If we are to read these celebratory accounts, abortion is (take your pick) empowering, a rite of passage, the best thing that ever happened to the woman, and as free of emotional and psychological consequences as a brisk walk in the park.
Indeed, as Newsbusters’ Katie Yoder has frequently documented, these free-of-charge in-kind contributions to the Abortion Industry increasing show up in such stupid films as Grandma in 2015, which the liberal media lauded as “funny,” to Obvious Child in 2014, which film reviewers praised as an “abortion romantic comedy.”
You may also have noticed that in the last few months we have reposted Newsbusters stories about television programs that take a much more ambivalent posture toward abortion and even one where a baby’s father convinces his girlfriend not to abort.
For example, in June Katie wrote about the Ashton Kutcher character, Colt Bennett, starring in The Ranch on Netflix. His ex-girlfriend is pregnant with his child and determined to abort.
“I’m getting an abortion,” she breaks the news to him. “I’m 23, Colt, I’m not ready to have a kid. I’ve seen how hard it’s been on my mom and [my sister] Darlene to raise kids by themselves.”
Except for that she wouldn’t be alone, Colt argues.
“No, I’m going to be there with you,” he says. “It’s not about what I want anymore, this isn’t about me, it’s about this kid, and we’re going to have to make sacrifices.”
Heather makes one last attempt to persuade him: they don’t love each other and, additionally, Colt loves another woman. “I don’t want to talk about it, Colt,” she concludes, “I made up my mind.”
But Colt still disagrees. “This is wrong,” he says. “You can’t just take the easy way out.”
She is, however, undeterred. Finally Colt offers to drive Heather to the abortion clinic:
“We’re probably not gonna ever to see eye to eye on this,” he admits to Heather. “But I want to support you. I care about you … This is my responsibility too.”
But that’s when Heather changes. At the clinic, Colt presents Heather with another, different gift this time: his St. Christopher’s medal that is “supposed to protect you.”
“It’s real sweet of you,” Heather responds before hanging it on her neck, “I’m glad you’re here.”
After filling out the paperwork at the abortion clinic, Heather becomes quiet when Colt offers, “Want me to take it up for you?”
“I can’t. I can’t do this,” Heather admits. “I thought it’s what I wanted but, now that I’m here and it’s all happening…”
When Colt asks if she wants to leave and never return, she asks, “Is that still okay with you?”
Just this week, “In the August 8 episode of Somewhere Between, ‘Fate Takes a Holiday,’ the writers got surprisingly real about abortion,” writes Amelia Hamilton. We learn that the woman had felt pressured into having an abortion and ponders aloud about how one day she will think about the baby she aborted. After quoting some of the dialogue, Hamilton observes
There is so much honesty here about abortion. It is honest about the fact that she did not want to have the abortion but was made to feel that she had to. This wasn’t a woman who felt empowered to make a choice, but a woman who was made to feel that she didn’t have a choice at all.
Mara is also clearly upset about the decision she made, haunted by images of the baby who will never grow into a child or a woman.
And then there is an episode last week in the third season of Hulu’s Casual (“The Hermit and the Moon”). Callista Ring explains
Surprisingly, for a show as liberal as “Casual,” when Alex suggests abortion, Rae is repulsed at the idea, insisting, “Nobody wants to have an abortion.” She cites “physical and psychological agony” as part of her reasoning, an argument constantly ignored by pro-abortion feminists.
In addition, Rae makes an interesting point regarding the father’s part in the decision. After Alex claims the decision is not up to him, Rae responds, “Bull—t. This is half yours. Why do I have to live with that guilt?” While feminists love to claim that men have no say in whether a woman should have an abortion, it forces the young mother to shoulder 100 percent of the responsibility that should be shared with the man.
Ultimately, Rae and Alex decide to keep the baby and raise it together.
This is not to say that momentum is necessarily shifting in a pro-life direction. It is to observe that abortion is complex and when any program acknowledges that taking your unborn child’s life is neither a “solution” nor without emotional aftershocks, it is an important step away from death and toward life.