Why Aren’t There More Abortions In Movies?
Mary Elizabeth Williams, a staff writer for Salon, is upset that in the Twilight movie the main character didn’t have an abortion. In fact, she’s upset that abortions don’t happen more often in movies in general.
She’s right about the trend. Whether it’s the Twlight movie (yes, I did go see it, though in my defense it was under duress) or other movies like Juno or Knocked Up or dozens of others I could name, abortion isn’t a common theme in the movies.
Which is curious. Hollywood, after all, is one of the great bastions of liberalism in America. Certainly abortion isn’t swept under the rug by Hollywood writers and producers because of religious, or even just generally pro-life, sympathies. There has to be some other reason for the trend, so what is it?
It’s pretty simple actually. People want heroes, or at least sympathetic characters, in their movies and there’s not a lot that’s heroic, or even sympathetic, with abortion. People want characters that overcome adversity. Abortion is a cop out.
If you’re writing a story where the protagonist gets pregnant when she didn’t want to, or at the wrong time in her life, you’re not left with much of a story if that character solves the problem by killing the baby in her womb. And you’re certainly not going to do much to endear that character to the audience.
Those who are pro-abortion in our society have been waging a war to sanitize the practice. To make it seem more…wholesome, or at least less morally repugnant, than it is. But if you strip away the layers of politics and rationalization surrounding the issue you’re left with certain undeniable truths.
Scientifically speaking, when you have an abortion you’re ending a life. And when you’re using an abortion as a form of birth control, or eugenics as the case may be, you’re ending a life for extremely trivial reasons.
That’s not something we want to see in our movie heroes.Tags: Abortion, Entertainment, movies