I agree with a post on the RH Reality blog.
Seriously, the author has some great points on the lack of abortion discussion on TV:
No doubt there is something to be said about the June and Ward Cleaver days of television. Families today are often greeted with images of sexual violence, general violence, infidelity, alcoholism and drug abuse when watching nightly television programming. But throughout all of the changes, despite all of the "awakenings" that have been carried forward by civil-rights movements, abortion continues to be the only truly boycotted discussion on television and in film. When part of a storyline, it is rarely mentioned by name and even more rarely carried out as a solution. More offensively, the other possible pregnancy outcomes -- false positives, miscarriage, birth and adoption -- are placed before viewers in neat, pretty packages. Rarely do viewers witness the guilt and grief that follow miscarriage. I don't know of any television programs that have placed a woman in grief counseling after giving a child up for adoption (or had an abortion).
On television we can watch as our neighbors devour bugs and worms for money. We can see what happens when a person is asked to answer personal questions in front of friends and family while connected to a lie detector. We can peek in the windows of biracial or homosexual couples. We can be an operating room observer as various surgeries are performed. Through our television sets, it seems, we get nearly every possible opinion and viewpoint on nearly every possible topic. Just not abortion.
Agreed. I believe that more discussion on this topic would be wonderful. I believe most Americans wish to keep their head int he sand regarding this issue. By shedding some light and encouraging further discussion, much progress could be made.
I even think that a documentary on an actual abortion clinic would be great. You would see the truth: many women coming back for multiple abortions and the anguish that is involved for everyone involved. On the other side, you would probably see young women who have no qualms about their decision and would state that the abortion was a good thing for them. I'm not afraid of the truth if presented in a real situation.
In any event, the earth hasn't stopped spinning since I began to write this post, so I guess Steve Wagner is correct - there can always be opportunities for common ground.