As a result of spending most of the Christmas season (Dec. 25 – Jan. 5) in houses with cable television, I happened to see a news item concerning “No Easy Decision,” an MTV special on teen pregnancy. Apparently, the station had run earlier specials that the usual suspects didn’t think validated abortion enough, so this time around it made the decision to have an abortion the centerpiece of the special. While not exactly glamorizing the decision, it made the abortion seem to be the least bad option for the couple involved.
Ross Douthat’s column “The Unborn Paradox” from earlier this week does a good job of highlighting the uneasiness with which our entertainment industry treats abortion, trying to minimize its reality even though 20% of pregnancies end with one. (I’ll know our society is becoming more honest with itself when abortion tops the published “leading causes of death” statistics). Abortion is cloaked in euphemism, and its adherents have to condition psychologically the women who go through one in an often unsuccessful attempt to prevent long-term depression.
Douthat goes to describe how the huge numbers of abortion along with the mainstreaming of single parenting has led to the inability of barren couples to adopt. (He even tangentially notes that our cultural infertility is in part due to widespread use of the Pill.) Conclusion? “No life is so desperately sought after, so hungrily desired, so carefully nurtured. And yet no life is so legally unprotected, and so frequently destroyed.” Good reading.