18 Of The 11,000+ People Who Want NBC To Stop The Stigma About Abortion In The Media
Last week, we heard that NBC allegedly refused to air an ad for Obvious Child because it included the word "abortion," which they deemed inappropriate for viewers. We think it's long past time that we had honest portrayals of women's lives in film and media — and it turns out more than 11,000 people (and counting) agree with us. Check out some of the comments from people who signed the petition, then add your name!
Women have the right to control our own bodies and this film is an authentic voice about young women and their sexuality. You show trailers about sexual violence and rape, but not about women making their own decisions?
There is nothing offensive about the word - abortion. It is not a pejorative, but a medical term for a procedure which has been legal for over 4 decades, and even longer in some states. Get over it and stop engaging in censorship and stop patronizing the lunatic fringe.
Abortion exists and it will continue to exist even as the conservatives make it increasingly difficult for women to obtain one. So not airing ads for a movie about abortion won't do you any good. Sure, most people will be up in arms about the movie, but that's okay. That might be part of the purpose of having a movie like this. Maybe using a movie like Obvious Child as a starting point for a healthy discussion about abortion is what we need as a society. That's why it's ridiculous to just outright refuse airing it.
Stop isolating women and making them invisible by eliminating the word abortion on air. Every other TV show uses rape as a plot point yet you can't talk about a way women deal with unwanted pregnancy? Get a grip.