|“There’s no equivalent embrace of abortion rights in Hollywood’s products; films depicting unintended pregnancies generally opt for a birth.”
As we head into the fray of election season, the San Francisco Chronicle contrasts the gay rights movement and the abortion rights movement. The article notes several differences between the two issues:
- Public opinion regarding same-sex marriage has shifted drastically in the last 10 years, with more people accepting the idea; public opinion on abortion has not had such drastic changes (although slightly more Americans now call themselves “pro-life”).
- Americans who are ambivalent about gay marriage can opt for a live-and-let-live mentality; the moral questions involved with abortion tend to allow less flexibility.
- Homosexuality has been largely accepted in popular culture (e.g. Glee, Modern Family); there’s no equivalent acceptance of abortion in Hollywood (e.g. Knocked Up, Juno).
- Young people are considerably more likely to accept same-sex marriage than older people; there’s no equivalent age gap on abortion views.
- The gay rights movement is attempting to change the status quo; the abortion rights movement is defending the status quo.