Pop Culture & Pregnancy
It’s rare for a television show or film to take a pro-life stand, but here are a few examples of women who chose life for their baby even under flawed circumstances.
When faced with a myriad of choices, pregnant teenager Juno (Ellen Page) arranges an adoption with a couple she meets through the classifieds. Though she considers abortion at the beginning of the film, she has an experience at the abortion clinic that changes her mind.
Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) raises her daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) on her own, despite having been a teenager when she became a mother. Rory is now a teenager whom eventually graduates from a prestigious prep school as Valedictorian, going on to Yale, and becoming the editor of the Yale Daily News.
Jane the Virgin
Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is accidentally artificially inseminated and becomes pregnant, despite never having sex. She chooses to keep the baby, despite the layers of complications she faces.
Twenty-something Kim (Krysten Ritter) struggles to find a balance between motherhood, work life, and her personal life when she chooses to keep a baby born of a one-night stand.
Secret Life of the American Teenager
Teenager Amy (Shailene Woodley) leans on her family when she chooses to keep her baby.
One Tree Hill
Top student Haley (Bethany Joy Lenz) gets pregnant after her first time. Though her relationship with Nathan (James Lafferty) is new, they eventually get married and raise their son. In an atypical move, the show tracks the ups and downs of their decision throughout all nine seasons of the series.
Last Man Standing
Mike (Tim Allen) is the center of this family sitcom, but his eldest daughter Kristin (Alexandra Krosney, Amanda Fuller) is an admirable and functioning teenage mother of a young boy. She relies on her family to help her raise her son, but balances all aspects of her life successfully and as independently as possible.
Unplanned pregnancies never come with easy choices, and too often in media or news we see the push toward choosing not to have the child. It’s important that the media and Hollywood gives a look at the results of choosing life for a child, and it’s refreshing to see in these shows/films, that they have done just that.