The Onion has written a satirical piece on how abortion could be written into a t.v. sitcom. The fictitious CBS show is Same Difference, and in an upcoming episode:
… star Kirsten Sumner’s character, Trish O’Connell, the sharp-tongued but beautiful wife of portly Chicago bread-truck driver Greg O’Connell, played by Carl Hubbard, will reveal to her husband she was pregnant and had an abortion without his knowledge. Trish’s revelation comprises the secondary, or “B,” story of the episode, in which Greg eats a meatball sandwich against his wife’s wishes.
The abortion story line had to be written into the show, said fictitious producers, because in real life Sumner had a late term abortion after the show had already acknowledged her pregnancy….
“It would’ve been insulting to our viewers if we never addressed the fact that Kirsten is so obviously post-abortion,” executive producer Aaron Karsch said. “We did consider shooting around the abortion and using lighting tricks and strategically placed plants to cover up her uterus. But everyone would have been able to tell anyhow, so we figured we might as well use it to the show’s advantage.”
Yes, abortion can be funny:
“It wasn’t easy, but in the end, we got some very solid material out of it – the plotline stayed true to the O’Connells’ relationship while still being entertaining,” said co- executive producer Larry Krespie, adding that, thanks to the show’s resourceful writing staff, Sumner’s evacuated womb may be “the best thing that ever happened to Same Difference”….
“Kirsten did some brilliant acting,” said Krespie, who called Sumner’s portrayal of a woman who had recently had an abortion “spot-on.” “Our show does a lot of quiet, observational humor, and I think anyone who’s had an abortion would be hard-pressed not to relate to, and get a chuckle out of, Trish’s situation.”
Continued Krespie: “Kirsten really got into the mind of her character, even in the physical-comedy scenes, like when she was trying to avoid Greg and get out of the house to get the abortion. And later in the packed abortion clinic, when she mistakes the number 81 she received from the receptionist for 18, and finds out she has to wait much longer for her abortion. But it all leads to a nice, poignant ending when both characters realize they should have been honest with each other all along—Trish with her pregnancy, and Greg with his sandwich.”
Witty piece. And I think Hollywood, which so strongly supports abortion, should indeed explore its humorous side.