On ‘Friday Night Lights’, Abortion Stigma Goes Primetime

Nancy Northup writes for The Nation: It’s evident just how much of a taboo abortion has become when a television show gets lauded as bold for having a character go through with the procedure. Friday Night Lights, NBC’s gripping portrayal of life in small-town Texas, is being deservedly praised for the emotional realism with which it recently depicted a teenager’s decision to have an abortion—a decision rarely made on television or film nowadays, even though abortion is a common and legal medical procedure that one-third of American women decide is the right choice for them.”