Disgusting Article Calls on Hollywood: ‘We Need to See More Parents Having Abortions in Film and Television’
By Movieguide® Staff
The French fashion brand Marie Claire recently published an article in their magazine calling for more depictions of abortions in movies and TV.
According to Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, 12 movies depicted characters who had an abortion, along with 31 shows, in 2020. In comparison, only three movies released in 2019 had characters receive an abortion.
The author of the piece, Danielle Campoamor, said that Hollywood and TV’s portrayal of abortions does “nothing to remedy the discrepancies between the fictional characters who have abortions and the real patients who seek out the services.”
“Studies have shown that when parents are denied abortion care, their children are more likely to live below the poverty level or line in a home without enough money to pay for food, housing, and transportation,” Campoamor wrote. “Studies have also shown that the states with the most restrictive abortion legislation have the worst maternal and infant mortality rates. Simply put, limiting or otherwise trying to stifle access to safe, legal abortion services not only harms pregnant people but also the children they’re already caring for.”
The article also quotes television writer Merritt Tierce, who worked on the TV series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. The show has several episodes addressing the topic of abortion.
For Merritt Tierce, a television writer and showrunner, the power of abortion storytelling is both professional and personal. Before her work on Orange Is the New Black—which has openly discussed and included abortion storylines throughout the show’s seven seasons—Tierce worked with the Texas Equal Access Fund, an abortion fund in Dallas, for 10 years.
Tierce says it’s difficult to successfully include an abortion storyline in a show or film, especially in a way that is authentic, because most abortions are, for lack of a better word, boring. Television shows and movies depend on drama and conflict; the reality of abortion care is that most people are not conflicted about their decision and the procedure, be it a surgical abortion or a medication abortion, is incredibly safe and quick.
Many pro-life advocates expressed their concern and disgust over the article, including press secretary for Sen. Josh Hawley, Abigail Marone.
“Disturbing,” Marone wrote on Twitter. “A human life is not any less valuable because his or her parents have less money — any suggestion otherwise is shameful.”
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Aside from the biblical basis for the sanctity of all human life, Campoamor’s desire to normalize abortion scenes in entertainment is contrary to the biggest motivator in entertainment: money.
Movieguide® previously reported:
Hollywood is no stranger to the subject of abortion. However, while many of the wealthy elite in tinsel town are quite liberal when it comes to the subject, they understand that pro-abortion movies are neither profitable for the studio nor desired by the general public. Movies like BELLA, JUNO, OCTOBER BABY, THE DROP BOX, and GIMME SHELTER help prove that being pro-life means being pro-women, a narrative organizations like Planned Parenthood doesn’t want surfaced.
Moreover, there are countless stories about abortion that go against the pro-choice narrative. DIVIDED HEARTS OF AMERICA, which features former NFL player Ben Watson, offers a heartfelt look into the lives affected by abortion.
While movies such as GOSNELL, UNPLANNED, and ROE V. WADE depict the harmful elements of abortion, not every pro-life movie features a graphic abortion scene. Movies like HORTON HEARS A WHO, MEET THE ROBERTSONS, and A QUIET PLACE PART II champion pro-life elements and win big at the box office.
Check out Movieguide®’s list of the Top 10 Family-Friendly Pro-Life Movies!