MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski tittered happily today that the right-wing isn't going to like the most recent airing of Friday Night Lights "because it didn't have a happy ending" concerning a character who chose to have an abortion.
The problem with the show in my eyes was less that a character had an abortion than that the moral voice of the show, Coach Taylor's wife (played by Connie Britton), was supportive of the decision.
One wonders if Ms. Brzeskinski would be as thrilled with the show if Britton's character had been morally neutral on the subject dear to Brzeskinski's heart, that of eating fatty foods. It's a crazy world when apparently some find McDonald's food and cigarettes more disturbing than the taking of a life. But then I suppose that follows naturally from a culture that is ruled by the tyranny of experience.
If we can't picture ourselves being in the womb - which we can't - and if no baby can move us with descriptions of their experience - which they can't - then we feel free to ignore their plight.