Scout cookies because local troops had collaborated in a sex edu-cation program with Planned Parenthood—a program that did notmention abortion.An increasing number of pharmacists in locations across theUnited States, loosely afliated with a group called Pharmacists forLife, refused to ll prescriptions for both emergency contraceptionand monthly birth control pills, claiming that these drugs causedabortions.
And consider these legal developments:
In the 2007 Supreme Court case
Gonzales v. Carhart,
a majority of the Court upheld a ban on a method of second-trimester abortionthat medical experts felt was the safest in certain situations. In thatdecision, the Court, for the rst time, also held that it was constitu-tional for an abortion law to have no exception for the health of thepregnant woman. (Notably, an almost identical measure was over-turned by the Court two years earlier, but this time the Court hadtwo new Bush appointees, both of whom voted with the majority.)A South Dakota law that mandates that physicians must informabortion patients that they are “terminating the life of a whole, sepa-rate, unique, living human being” was upheld in several levels of ju-dicial review.
Consider now examples from popular culture:
Three popular movies from 2007,
feature young women who experience unplanned pregnancies.In the rst two lms, abortion is barely mentioned; in the third, theheroine considers the option, then rejects it after a visit to a clinicthat was portrayed in lurid, unrealistic terms. These lms continueHollywood’s (and television’s) traditional aversion to dealing withabortion in a thoughtful manner, because of fears of controversy.
Next consider two recent real-world examples of teenagers whoseunintended pregnancies received widespread public attention:
Jamie Lynn Spears, the sister of the pop icon Britney Spearsand a television star in her own right, became pregnant at the ageof sixteen. Bristol Palin, daughter of Sarah Palin, the Republicanvice presidential candidate in fall 2008, became pregnant at seven-teen. Both young women were unmarried. Both decided to continuethe pregnancy. While premarital sexual activity and out-of-wedlock pregnancy once would have been roundly criticized, especially by
dispatches from the abortion wars