There is a new indie movie out called Obvious Child about a stand-up comedienne who gets pregnant after a one-night stand and decides to get an abortion. The film has been praised by some critics for tackling the controversial social issue head-on, rather than awkwardly joking around it or crossing it off as an option like most Hollywood films do. However, a recent report in The New York Post‘s Page Six says NBC rejected showing TV spots for the movie because of the movie’s controversial subject matter. The report was corroborated by TheWrap, which includes an NBC source saying they did ask for a cleaned-up trailer, but denied it had anything to do with the word abortion being excised.
Whatever the case, Planned Parenthood (which has already given the film effusive praise) set up an online petition blasting NBC and demanding they allow an ad with the word “abortion” in it to be put on the airwaves.
It’s outrageous that a major network would choose to censor mentions about abortion. For far too long, the refusal to talk honestly about abortion has led to increasing stigma around the issue, and it’s got to stop.
Three in ten women will have an abortion by age 45. And the vast majority of Americans support access to safe and legal abortion. If NBC, is censoring the use of the word “abortion,” then the network is refusing to even take part in a conversation, let alone an honest one that accurately reflects women’s lives.
As of this writing, the petition has over 10,000 signatures.
[image via NBC]
Have a tip we should know? [email protected]