I present the abortion comedy.
Movies like Obvious Child and Grandma make talking about abortion easier, and that’s invaluable. This is a topic that often leads to screaming matches posing as debates, not level-headed discussions. We need to be able to talk about abortions in a serious but reasonable way. Abortion comedies will, slowly but surely, help us get there by normalizing the conversations.
When the narrative frame of abortion is ripped to one side by fetal porn fanatics and people desperate to name and shame, there is no room for nuance and empathy. And that push to the extremes hurts everyone, especially those who believe.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, one in every five women who gets an abortion identifies as a born-again, evangelical, charismatic, or fundamentalist Christian. Given that more than a million women abort each year in the US, this means a staggering 200,000 Bible-believing Christians annually. And according to Christian ministries working with this population, a vast majority of them will never reveal their secret.
In interviews with about a dozen post-abortive Christian women, I heard each say they deeply regret their abortions and experienced profound emotional and spiritual trauma as a result. Without a place to confess and seek recovery, women who’ve had abortions remain shackled by fear, grief, and guilt.
In Canada, there’s roughly one abortion per three pregnancies. This is a procedure we should be talking about openly and honestly, not casting shame and doubt at.