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.Read the rest of it here. Rob makes some good points and I think he's right on the money.
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.
There are plenty of examples in TV as well. I've seen a number of Friends reruns lately, including episodes in which Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) finds herself single and pregnant and abortion doesn't even seem to be a serious consideration. As a young, single professional woman in New York City she'd be the classic liberal abortion rights activist type.
She goes on to have the baby, and although her daughter doesn't figure prominently in future episodes, she is part of the show's story from that point on.
On the other hand, the