By Emily Geiger
Think reality TV is as low as it can go? Think again.
Okay, so maybe this isn’t technically TV, but there is an internet-based reality show available for your viewing pleasure right now where the viewers get to “vote” on whether or not women in various situations should have an abortion.
The women involved are not actually pregnant, they are just actresses, but still, the whole concept is just… I don’t even know how to describe it… sickening is the best I can come up with.
Apparently, one scenario will be a married woman whose husband is away at war (and, no, it seems husband is NOT the baby-daddy in the situation). Another scenario will involve a woman who is the victim of domestic abuse. Yet another just wants the abortion to be on a reality show.
Supposedly, the idea of this is to get people to be sympathetic to the stories of “typical” situations women who are contemplating abortion find themselves in and encourage civil debate on the issues of abortion. Of course, that these are described as “typical” situations is a little ironic (as one news account points out) given that the actresses involved are all young white women despite the fact that minorities have disproportionately large abortions rates.
On one hand, I’m still sickened by this little exercise. On the other hand, maybe it will point out the inhumanity of judging a baby’s life based on the arbitrary and temporary circumstances of a mother. No matter what mother you have, a baby is still a baby is still a baby. Why is any one more or less valuable than the next?
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