HBO Max is airing a comedy about abortion. And we wish that was a joke.
In a recently released interview about the film, Unpregnant (possibly a shot at the pro-life film Unplanned?), one of the screenplay writers said she wanted to “write an abortion road trip story [to] bring some humor and make people more comfortable with the subject of abortion.”
“If we could pull it off,” the other screenplay writer added, “it would be really something special.”
Well, they did pull it off, and it will run on HBO Max this September.
The plot of Unpregnant centers on a teenage girl who finds herself unexpectedly with child. Rather than turn to her “Jesus Freak” Catholic parents for help, she decides on her own to obtain an abortion. But, there’s a catch. The abortion laws in her state make that all but impossible. So, she enlists a friend to accompany her on the 1,000-mile journey to the nearest abortion clinic. Their escapades on the road make up the bulk of the movie, with the film documenting the “hysterical” trials and tribulations of two teenagers traveling to end the life of a baby.
When we first saw the trailer for Unpregnant, we both were shocked. Even those who support abortion have generally not treated it as a laughing matter. Most people have had the moral decency to recognize the seriousness of the decision for the woman, if not for the unborn child. “Safe, legal, and rare” was the pro-abortion rallying cry. Not “safe, legal, and hilarious….”
For the people behind this film and many people within the pro-abortion movement, “safe, legal, and rare” is no longer the goal. The new goal is “safe, legal, and no big deal.” They don’t want abortion to be a morally serious issue. They want it to have the moral weight of a dental filling….
The above comes from a Sept. 3 op-ed in USA Today by Father Dave Pivonka, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and Maureen Malloy Ferguson, co-host of EWTN’s radio show and podcast Conversations With Consequences.