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Published: January 14, 2013 1:57 am to Opinion Column

NBC’s abortion episode of “Parenthood” enchants some pro-life viewers with an unlikely hero

Last week’s episode of the NBC television show “Parenthood,” in which a teenage girl has a fast abortion at a Planned Parenthood, garnered much attention from both side of the pro-life spectrum. However, in all the debate, a recurring comment seemed to arise from pro-lifers who liked Parenthood.

A resounding consensus seemed to defend Drew, the teenage boyfriend, deciding he is almost a pro-life voice in the episode. Most frequently people cited how the episode ended last week, where Drew is sobbing. Readers assume that that happens because Amy killed their baby – that he is grieving.

While only the continuation of this pseudo-soap opera can tell why he was really sobbing, a few points deserve attention.

Drew is a wuss. For about a minute he protests that Amy doesn’t have to get an abortion. She insists that a baby will ruin her life and says she needs help paying for it; Drew instantly agrees. Then he drives her to the abortion facility, sits there under the big Planned Parenthood sign, waits while she gets their baby killed, and drives her home. Acting like things should be okay now, Drew seems taken aback when Amy says she needs some space, and lots of it, actually. He is clearly hurt. In the closing scene, he is sobbing.

We don’t know why he is sobbing. However, it behooves us to note that this show was wholeheartedly endorsed by Planned Parenthood, who called it “refreshing,” so it’s highly unlikely that in next week’s episode we will suddenly be dealing with the consequences people really endure from abortion, such as the loss of a child they made an appointment to kill. Nothing would be more wonderful than having to retract this assumption, but Planned Parenthood isn’t about life; on the contrary, the organization is all about death, and it’s not likely to turn on a dime on a show that is filled with sex talk and abortion. Assuming that Drew is crying over the abortion in some pro-life heroic way is human justification so we can enjoy our entertainment, but it’s probably not reflective of reality.

Finally, making a hero of Drew should cause us alarm. What is heroic about having sex, getting a girl pregnant, giving her money for an abortion, and taking her to have it done? A real man doesn’t abet an abortion; he fights for his baby’s life. A real hero would be asking for help, would be creating a plan to help Amy tell her parents, finding an adoption plan, reassuring her this doesn’t have to ruin her life. Calling Drew a hero, a pro-life guy, or even a sympathetic character because he protested for a minute and cried is like excusing someone of his crime because he cried when he got caught. If you are man enough to pull your pants down and impregnate a woman, you should be man enough to fight for your baby if you really care about the baby and the woman.

Drew is not a hero. It’s a baffling reflection of a twisted society that can somehow use a scene in which a boy sobs as a justification for the destruction of life being portrayed at a Planned Parenthood and still calling the show “good.” Are we really so enthralled by our prime-time soap operas that we can look at this giant abortion advertisement and excuse it because one of the characters cried?

“Parenthood” was irresponsible and reprehensible in its portrayal of an unplanned pregnancy. Throwing the word adoption in one time doesn’t show a portrayal of choice; having Drew cry at the end doesn’t make the show balanced.

This episode was an award and boost to the abortion industry, and its greatest fruit is that pro-lifers have chosen to embrace it anyway with comments like “well, I wish she wouldn’t have had an abortion, but at least Drew didn’t want her to.” A character that wimpy doesn’t deserve a date, let alone TV ratings that continue to profit NBC and Planned Parenthood because we won’t turn off “our” shows.

About Susan Michelle Tyrell

Susan was born in Bethlehem to an unwed mother and rescued by Catholic nuns who took her to an orphanage in Bethlehem, which still helps single moms and rescues babies. Today she's an outspoken advocate for LIFE and speaks and writes about pro-life issues nationwide.
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  • sue

    We’ll have to wait and see but that kid has always been mushy. It would have been a perfect moment for him to stand up to that immoral screwed up family of his and do the right thing. At least it wasn’t business as usual, she broke up with him which is common because her guilt will not let her carry on like nothing happened. He is in shock after contemplating girlfriend plus baby equals family, nervous but excited, to no baby no girlfriend, all alone and heartbroken. They could do a lot here. At least they showed PP as the baby killers that they are.

  • Jon

    Drew is by no means a wuss. He first of all had no formation on the subject. It’s not like his family instilled Pro-Life values in him. Also, Amy didn’t ask his opinion… she was going to have the abortion regardless of what he thought. She went to him for money. When he got the money, he was heartbroken and made it clear to his sister that he didn’t want to. I’m sure so many men have been in this situation. I would say that a lot of them were wusses, but I think the show demonstrated that Drew really did not have the formation or support (the only person he told, Amber, seemed to be on Amy’s side), or the maturity (he’s in high school for crying out loud) to know what to do. Realistically speaking, if he had “put his foot down” on the matter, Amy would have aborted anyway. I think calling him a wuss is a bit over the top.

    • cat

      Well, he’s not a real person so I don’t think it was that over the top. But if he had been, it was HIS baby, so he had a right to an opinion.

      • Jon

        An opinion which he *did* voice, once again. He clearly wanted her to keep the baby and he was clearly fighting a losing battle: Amy was NOT interested in his “opinion.”

    • Molly

      First of all, you’re correct they’re all victims: Drew, the girl, the baby. But no matter what your upbringing, God instilled in us all to differentiate between wrong and right. Everyone knows that killing a baby is wrong. They are making the decision based on convenience not conscience. Lets not resort to calling names but when it comes down too it, Drew didn’t have the will, the confidence, or the courage to stand up for his baby’s life.

  • taviliz

    “If you are man enough to pull your pants down and impregnate a woman, you should be man enough to fight for your baby if you really care about the baby and the woman.”

    This is so true!! There are too many boys out there pretending to be men, and we as a society are letting them!! Makes me so mad

  • Marisol

    I’m not quite sure if anyone on this thread has actually watched the show, but this character grew up with/without an alcoholic father. How should we expect a BOY like him to step up and make the responsible, heroic decision to save his child? He represents countless young men in this generation that find themselves in this predicament every day. And for the comment about “If you are man enough to pull your pants down and impregnate a woman, you should be man enough to fight for your baby if you really care about the baby and the woman,” I only hope that you are volunteering your time to mentor a young man who has no father so that he knows what a man who is Godly looks like.

    • Erin

      EXACTLY. I am almost positive that the author of this article has not watched the show consistently at all.

  • Jennifer

    He could be crying over the loss of the baby or because of the possibility that he and Amy are over for good. Doesn’t matter. The abortion destroyed the relationship just as it destroyed a human life. There is nothing good that comes out of an abortion.

  • Suegirly

    I don’t watch the show and I don’t care about it or its characters. But the writer of this article is ridiculously harsh. Her attitude reflects a large part of the problem regarding how we treat people post abortion. I have held a young man, 18 years old, in my arms after he found out the girl he impregnated committed suicide after her abortion. He too, initially begged her not to have the abortion and then gave in and paid for half of it. He was not a coward, he was a vulnerable young man, pressured by the girls parents, friends and society just as the young lady herself was. Let’s please stop
    blaming the young victims of the
    abortion mentality and start blaming the adults raising them and pro-choice adults lying to them, and the smug sanctimonious people calling them wimps.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you 100%!!

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  • Deldeb

    I do watch the show…and I was very sad that Drew was not able to step up. He went to his screwed up sister because his mother is useless, now dating two men. But what I hope it portrayed, as the mother of two sons, is that they, as the father have no say as to whether their child lives or dies. I want to believe he was crying from grief over the death of his child. I had many conversations with my sons over the years as to the fact that they could father a child who could be killed by its mother and they were powerless to stop it.