Fear of the Lord gives life, security, and protection from harm.
~ Proverbs 19:23, New Living Translation
Consider the abortion storyline. Claire Underwood, the wife of the vice president who is played by Robin Wright, sits down for an exclusive interview with Ashleigh Banfield (played by herself). After Banfield annoyingly keeps asking Claire a bunch of questions about her childlessness, Claire finally admits one of the most forbidden things a woman in politics can admit: She’s had an abortion. She then saves the potentially disastrous interview by attributing the abortion to a rape she endured in college by a man who has now become a general. This skillfully shifts the discussion to the problem of rapists running free in the military.
Granted, Claire’s story isn’t exactly true. Yes, she’s had an abortion (three, it turns out), and yes, she was raped by this man. It’s just that none of her pregnancies were caused by this rape, and one of Claire’s abortions happened because she and her husband chose together not to have a baby.
Claire is a character who is frequently portrayed as a scheming, immoral liar, but for once, her truth-fudging comes across as entirely sympathetic. The implication is that the American public will forgive aborting a rape-caused pregnancy but would never forgive someone who rebels against the expectation that she must have children with her husband. To protect herself from the intrusive condemnation of people she’s never met, she pretty much has to lie.
~ Abortion proponent Amanda Marcotte in Slate, February 18