(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) After the overturn of Roe v. Wade in June, mentions of abortion and the number of abortion-related plot lines on TV shows skyrocketed as Hollywood attempts to stoke outrage surrounding the issue.
According to Breitbart, a recent report revealed there were at least 60 abortion related plot lines or mentions of abortion in 52 television programs in 2022, more than any year since 2016. In 2021, there were 47 plot lines in 42 different shows.
Predictably, the representation of the procedure is largely favorable, with a third of shows telling stories of women who allegedly need an abortion but cannot access one.
The report titled “Abortion Onscreen,” compiled by the organization Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, found that the women getting abortions on TV were largely middle- and upper-class white women.
In reality, low-income minority women are most likely to get abortions.
Only 6% of the represented characters had medication abortions, despite medication abortion procedures making up more than half of abortions in the U.S.
Big-name shows such as ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, NBC’s News Amsterdam and Law & Order, MTV’s Teen Mom, Netflix’s The Hookup Plan and Starz’s P-Valley all had plot lines centering around the issue at one point or another.
Even Saturday Night Live featured a cast member telling the story of her abortion while dressed as a clown.
The medical drama New Amsterdam aired a drawn out montage of the various characters reacting to the overturn of Roe v. Wade, with one character even looking at his young daughter after he reads the news.
Tuesday's NBC medical drama "New Amsterdam" began with mass sadness among the characters. Did someone at the hospital die? Was there a mass shooting? Wife got it right: "Roe vs. Wade overturned?"
Then she said: "Isn't half the country pro-life?" Not in Hollywood! pic.twitter.com/ZLxnTN1fWE
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) November 4, 2022
Since the overturn of Roe, America has seen 10,000 less abortions through the end of October. Numbers through December have yet to be reported.
Hollywood, being overwhelmingly pro-abortion, is fiercely fighting against the overturn.
Several large studios—including Disney, Netflix and Warner Bros. Discovery—promised to pay travel expenses for female employees seeking abortions but live in states where the procedure is now illegal.
As many commentators have pointed out, paying for out of state travel and covering employee’s abortions is much cheaper for companies, as opposed to shelling out for maternity leave which may result in the loss of a productive employee.