By Karen Townsend
In the April 14 episode of HBO’s Veep, a leading character has an abortion while on the campaign trail in Iowa. All abortions are grotesque and this character’s visit to the abortion clinic was particularly crude.
For a little background, after a brief sexual relationship with a fellow campaign staffer, Amy Brookheimer (Anna Chlumsky), finds herself pregnant. In last week’s episode, she considered going through with the pregnancy and told the baby’s father, Dan Egan (Reid Scott), about it. He initially said he’d support her decision but later told her he couldn’t handle the responsibility. Amy decides to get an abortion.
In this week’s episode titled “Pledge,” Amy’s sister arrives the day before the scheduled abortion to give her a ride and says, “Happy Abortion Eve!” That is disgusting but then the day of the abortion arrives. Dan ends up giving Amy the ride to the clinic because her sister is still drunk from the previous night, which she spent with Dan, by the way.
As they approach the clinic, a crowd of protesters is shown and the disdain for pro-life Iowans is made clear. Dan tells Amy to keep her head down and that he’ll “part the redneck sea.” When one woman yells, “Think of the innocent children!” Amy goes off on her. Her profanity-laced response to the woman was over the top. Amy tells her that she cried and even prayed a little when making her decision.
[Editor’s note. The language is so crude and vile we’re omitting it.]
Then Amy and Dan are in the examining room with the abortionist. Amy is in such a rush to get the abortion over with that she brushes aside the option of ultrasound and barking, “Less talk, more abortion!”
Dan even asks about a piece of equipment that he recognizes, obviously experienced in this situation.
Abortionist: I do need to warn you about some of the surgical risks involved.
Amy: Infection, bleeding, uterine perforation. Yep, 10-4. Body’s a wonderland. Can I just sign the consent form?
Abortionist: Per Iowa law, I do have to offer you the option of viewing the ultrasound.
Amy: Less talk, more abortion.
Abortionist: Patient has declined.
Amy: I am as sure… as I will be.
Abortionist: Ok. We’re gonna give you some medicine now to help you relax.
Dan: Oh, yeah? You got any of those darts they use on rampaging circus animals?
Amy: No need. Everyone’s always telling me to relax and I’m not good at relaxing. Well, I don’t want to relax ’cause I hate relaxing so…
Dan: There you go, tough guy.
Amy: Very good.
Dan: Is that the Berkeley VC-10? That’s like the Shelby Cobra GT of vag-vacs.
Abortionist: I’m sorry, who is this man?
Amy: That’s Dan.
Dan: Yeah, I’m the proud father-to-not-be.
It is as though Amy has to rush the process along before she changes her mind. At the end of the episode, Amy complains she “feels like someone shoved a red-hot pair of barbecue tongs up my joy trail” and begins to ask Dan if she made a mistake.
Before she can finish she is interrupted by an incoming phone call from a campaign looking to hire her. She tells them, “You are in luck, because my schedule just got scraped clean.”
Each episode of this show’s final season includes vulgar language and liberal agendas. This random abortion and the quick treatment of it is particularly unfortunate. Human life was taken because the parents didn’t want the responsibility of raising a child. How sad.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.