In a scene from a Frontline documentary series about abortion, a pregnant woman says she is “honored to be given this gift of life” before going on to abort twin fetuses.
Although the episode in question aired on PBS in April, the clip was resurfaced on Conservative Twitter this week amid an uptick in the culture wars around abortion. Pro-life activist Obianuju Ekeocha criticized the docuseries in a Monday tweet, saying it “airbrushes abortion to make it look like some healthy new age practice.”
“The women in blue is pregnant with twins and she is filmed here taking the abortion pill to kill them,” she said. “You witness their killing. And her statement at the end is chilling.”
This PBS documentary airbrushes abortion to make it look like some healthy new age practice.
The women in blue is pregnant with twins and she is filmed here taking the abortion pill to kill them. You witness their killing?
And her statement at the end is chilling. pic.twitter.com/NxL7w36hYI
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) June 3, 2019
Ekeocha was referring to a woman, identified only as Taryn in the show, who takes mifepristone, or RU-486, to induce the abortion of the “two beings that I’ve chosen not to bring into the world,” as she puts it.
“What I hope I feel is a sense of peace, not only with myself and the decision that I’ve made, but also a sense of peace with these two beings that I’ve chosen not to bring into the world,” she says. “Thank you for choosing me, and I’m honored to be given this gift of life, and also I can’t do it right now. I can’t accept that mantle in terms of the other lives that I’m taking care of and I’m responsible for.”
The documentary also shows Dr. Rebecca Mercier, the Philadelphia Women’s Center who administered the mifepristone to Taryn, referring to the unborn twins as “pregnancy tissue.”
A timely abortion documentary
Six Republican-controlled states — Missouri, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Ohio — have passed laws that severely restrict abortion so far in 2019. Alabama last month effectively outlawed abortion except to save a mother’s life.
The laws, which have not gone into effect and are expected to be blocked in courts, have spurred Democratic-majority states to move to protect the procedure.
Meanwhile, the culture wars around the issue have escalated. With sympathetic media coverage and support from Hollywood, feminists and other pro-choice advocates have protested what they say is a Republican effort to control women’s bodies.
On the right, anger has mounted over what is seen as liberal’s entitled callousness toward unborn life.