Why, you ask? Let’s look at the set-up from the author, Maya:
In last week’s episode, 15-year-old Becky found out she was pregnant and is considering an abortion. If she has one tonight, it will be one of only a few abortions shown on network television since Bea Arthur’s Maude had one back in 1972. That would be a victory for Becky–and the millions of women like her who choose abortion every year.
In the real world, abortion is one of the most common surgical procedures in the country and more than a third of American women will have one by age 45 .
Surgical procedure may be an accurate term. That’s what happens to the women. But it’s not “surgery” on the fetus, on the unborn. They die. Not much Hippocratic oath in that part of the procedure. May not “harm” the woman physically but the baby dies. That qualifies as harm to me.
More from Maya:
I’m rooting for an abortion because I’m rooting for Becky. Because she is a sophomore in high school and desperately wants to escape Dillon, Texas. Because she was raised by a single teenage mother and is determined not to relive her life. Because after taking four pregnancy tests and getting four positive results, she called the 1-800 number on the box near tears to find out just how accurate these tests are. Because when she discovered she was pregnant, Becky said she wanted to get an abortion.
And I want Becky to have an abortion without the world crashing down around her. I want her to have an abortion and then go back to competing in beauty pageants, fighting with her mom, and obsessing over her crush, Tim Riggins. I want her to get on with being a rather silly 15-year-old girl. And I want someone in her life to tell her she shouldn’t be ashamed of making the decision that’s right for her.
I’m rooting for an abortion because I want all the teenage girls who have been in Becky’s position and had an abortion to see their choice represented on TV with respect and empathy.
With this sort of reasoning, it is not ever worth the trouble of having a discussion about “settled law.” Or morality. It just isn’t. So, I clicked through on her profile link. (click on her name above) She penned a piece on the “hook up culture” facing the Millennials. She opines:
As Kate points out, so much of what’s unproductive about this endless argument is that making any kind of generalization about the “hook-up culture”–that ill-defined swamp of casual (and not-so-casual) making out, having sex, falling (and not falling) in love that apparently my peers and I have been navigating for the last couple decades–is, of course, totally impossible:
(Quoting Kate Harding)Here’s a thought: Maybe “hooking up” is terrific for some, terrible for others, and somewhere in between for the rest? Sort of like getting married or having children or going into engineering or riding rollercoasters or owning a dog or eating sushi — or any other subjective experience? Maybe?
Wow. “Subjective Experience.” So, the girl rooting for an abortion sees promiscuity as a “subjective experience.” I wonder if she understands 1 + 1 = 2. The more rampant, promiscuous hook-up there are…the more unwanted pregnancies there will be. Clearly, she is not familiar with causation or reality.
If liberals want to be taken seriously, and have their pro-abortion position taken seriously – they’ll have to own up to reality first. This shameful article never once mentions the option of ADOPTION. In watching a clip of Friday Night Lights, it wasn’t mentioned. From The Atlantic:
That said, Becky’s ultimate decision to have an abortion on Friday Night Lights this week—and carrying it out—wasn’t the most surprising thing for me in this week’s episode. It was the nuanced, apolitical manner in which the writers depicted the reality of a teenage girl facing and dealing with the choices and consequences that surround an unwanted and unplanned pregnancy that impressed me.
I didn’t catch the whole show but would be interested to know if this was mentioned as an option.
Women across the world suffer from infertility. Women who suffer from miscarriages, and the men who love them will tell you they lost a child. Look to the women in Congo, or Sudan, or Uganda…where suffering is a constant. These heroic women do all they can to save their children. Ask them what significance a baby holds.
Until we hold sex sacred again, until we teach our children to value themselves and take responsibility — the issue of promiscuous sex, unwanted pregnancies, abortion, adoption and sexually transmitted diseases will never be over. As I said earlier this week, we must change the culture first.