Another episode of HBO's Girls has made the news, thanks to the show's creator and star Lena Dunham's insistence on pushing the envelope of tastelessness and moral degradation.
This past Sunday's episode covered late-term abortion, as Dunham's character Hannah expresses doubts to her gay friend, Elijah, about becoming a single mother. The word used to describe the life inside her womb was "parasite."
"Oh, God. Hannah, this is gonna be a real mindf–ck for me if you wanna get an abortion right now," Elijah tells her. "I mean … I’ll do it. I think there’s about two doctors in America that do it at this stage in your pregnancy, but I’ll find them."
As noted by Newsbusters, the information put forth in that statement had no basis in reality, much like Lena Dunham's talent:
There are not just ‘two doctors in America’ who will ‘do it at this stage.’ There are actually 162 abortion clinics that perform abortions after 20 weeks.
Secondly, most don’t realize just how easy getting a late-term abortion is legally, given the loose definition of “health” that was buried in Roe v. Wade’s companion case, Doe v. Bolton: ‘… all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age – relevant to the wellbeing of the patient. All these factors may relate to health.’
All Hannah needs to say is that she has a headache, is too young, too tired, or is having anxiety about having a baby and she can legally get an abortion at any point in her pregnancy.
The Democratic platform maintains that Hannah should receive an abortion up until it enters the birth canal, and given the latest undercover videos from Planned Parenthood, none of us should be surprised to see that goalpost shift in the near future.