Canadian Teen Series Degrassi Celebrates 'Bravery' of 'No Regrets' Abortions

Ice cream, anyone?!

Those familiar with the Canadian teen drama series Degrassi know that its producers have never shied away from controversial themes. I mean, how could we ever forget the time when Billy, played by rap artist Drake, was shot and paralyzed by his foe, Rick:

Well, the newest incarnation in the series, Degrassi: Next Class, which airs on Netflix, is out with what liberals are hailing "a groundbreaking episode on abortion."\

Groundbreaking? Really?

Perhaps it's because in the episode titled “#IRegretNothing,” 16-year-old Lola Pacini, played by Amanda Arcuri, discovers she's pregnant after a one-night stand from "her best friend’s bisexual older brother while his boyfriend is in the hospital recovering from a coma."

Wow.

The episode is replete with feminist drivel about how you needn't be ashamed by your abortion. Rather, a gal should just shout it out and then celebrate with ice cream. Yes, ice cream. Newsbusters brings us the clip and synopsis: 

By the time she’s taken a pregnancy test, Lola has already decided she’s getting an abortion, justifying it to her friend Yael (Jamie Bloch) saying, “I’m not ready to be a mom and there’s no way I’m walking around school pregnant for 9 months.”

​The abortionist calmly explains the procedure and how he will “suck out the contents of the uterus” (a nice euphemism for killing an unborn human) and chats casually with her about school. When Lola asks him, “Am I the first 16-year-old you’ve ever done this to?” the kindly abortionist reassures her, “You’re not the first today.” See? Abortion is as common as getting a tooth pulled!

After being embarrassed by her Google searches on abortion being exposed to her classmates, Lola’s friends Frankie (Sara Waisglass) and Shay (Reiya Downs), who don’t know she got an abortion, try to comfort her and in doing so confirm that abortion is a “big deal” and “killing a baby.”

Frankie: You had a pregnancy scare and you wanted to know your options, it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Shay: Yeah, it’s not like you actually had an abortion.

Lola: And that would be a reason to be ashamed?

Frankie: No, but abortion’s a big deal, I mean, you’re kinda killing a baby.

Lola wonders why she doesn’t feel sad about the abortion, but Yael tells her, “A lot of women have abortions and feel no shame,” citing Nicki Minaj as one celebrity who had an abortion in high school – she left out the crucial fact that Minaj said the abortion “haunted me all my life.” 

When Lola says she feels like she’s the first, Yael says, “Yeah, because the world makes everybody too scared to talk about it.” This convinces Lola to make a video declaring she’s not ashamed of her abortion, neatly adhering to the trendy feminist movement to “destigmatize” and #ShoutYourAbortion.

After watching Lola’s video, Frankie and Shay say they don’t know what they’d personally do in that situation but Frankie gushes, “Making that difficult choice and standing up for it? You’re courageous! We should go out and celebrate!” Yeah, let’s all go out for ice cream to celebrate Lola’s abortion! (They really do this.)

Miles (the father of Lola’s aborted baby) walks by and asks where they’re headed. “To celebrate Lola’s bravery!” Frankie proudly declares.

Series co-creator Linda Schuyler spouted off the usual talking points about wanting to make a program that shows how it is "possible to make a strong choice like this and it be OK."

"We thought for young, modern women, it's very important to signal to them that it is their body, it is their choice. [We were] really big on wanting to show that there's no shame in what Lola did, and we wanted to see Lola own it. I think that's very positive for young girls." 

American feminists have been celebrating abortion for decades. How this is "groundbreaking" television escapes us.

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