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Three times TV shows accidentally promoted pro-life views

It is no secret that the entertainment industry has embraced the era of “shout your abortion.” In fact, in early October 2021, ‘Friends’ star Jennifer Aniston repeated the abortion industry mantra, “no uterus, no opinion” during an interview. Pop singer Billie Eilish echoed these sentiments during a performance in Austin, Texas.

Despite this near-constant pro-abortion sentiment emanating from the industry, the Media Research Council recently identified three television shows that accidentally shared a pro-life message in their programming. No doubt, the networks will deny that the screenwriting diverted from the Hollywood line, but there is little they can do to deny that the stories presented here are definitively pro-life. 

First up is the NBC drama “Ordinary Joe,” which follows Joe Kimbreau (James Wolk) as he navigates three different timelines of his life. In the episode “Shooting Star,” he is meeting with his son Christopher who discovers that his birth was “unplanned.” He asks Joe if his birth “ruined his life” as a result.

Joe replies, “Sometimes, the most beautiful dreams are the ones that we have yet to dream. And being your dad is more beautiful than any dream I could’ve ever imagined.” Dads are almost exclusively overlooked in the abortion debate, but as this episode demonstrates, fathers have an important role to play in the lives of their children and shaping who they become. 

Screenshot, “Ordinary Joe”

The CBS sitcom “The Neighborhood” took a break from the laughs when in the episode, “Welcome to the Porch Pirate,” it is revealed that character Gemma (Beth Behrs) lost the preborn child she had been carrying throughout the season. She speaks with her husband Dave (Max Greenfield) about the loss and makes it clear that this preborn baby was a person.

“I just don’t want to feel this. It makes it real. My baby’s gone. Ugh. I just want to be numb,” she says. Not once does the show delve into the euphemism of, “it was just a fetus” or a “clump of cells.” It stays on track by describing the preborn life as it should be: a child. 

 

The most surprising of all these examples came from the Netflix drama, “Maid.” When protagonist Alex (Margaret Qualley) reveals to her boyfriend that she is pregnant, he at first calmly tells her to get an abortion. When she replies that she wants to keep the baby, he flies into a rage and tries to coerce her into terminating the pregnancy. When she refuses, he throws her out into the rain.

“And when I told him I was pregnant he sat me down on that chair and he brought me a cup of mint tea and he told me he would hold my hand every step of the way. All tenderness. But then when I told him that I wasn’t gonna get an abortion he took the chair and all the rest of my belongings and he threw them out into the rain,” Alex explains in the episode “Ponies.”

Though the show is fictionalized, it is based on the memoir, “​Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will To Survive,” by Stephanie Land, who admitted her boyfriend did try to violently coerce her to abort their child. 

This is an incredibly common occurrence in the abortion industry, which tries to paint a rosy picture of women’s empowerment from the deadly procedure. In fact, women are often threatened with abuse or even professional retaliation should they proceed with having their child. Far too often, abortionists do not report the abuse battered women are facing when they come through their doors, and only inflict more abuse on them. 

It is refreshing to see a TV show give audiences a peek behind the curtain of why many women get abortions, sometimes as a result of coercion. Fortunately in ‘Maid,’ Alex gave birth to her child and escaped an abusive situation; many real-life women are in similar difficult situations. (OptionLine can help with pregnancy assistance, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1−800−799−SAFE.)

As stated previously, the entertainment industry has gone all-in for the abortion lobby, but it is refreshing when a television show or film accidentally delivers a message that shows the humanity of a child and how fulfilling life as a parent can be. 

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