Hey, did you read my very interesting post on how The Walking Dead delivered some very wrong info on the "morning after pill" in their latest episode? If you didn't, read it here and now. I'll wait until you get back.
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You're back? Good. So this issue has raised a fairly large hubbub among pro-abortion advocates and even the ACLU. So much so in fact, Walking Dead executive producer Glen Mazzara has issued a public response:
"The producers and writers of The Walking Dead are fully aware that the morning-after pill would not induce an abortion or miscarriage. We exercised our artistic creative license to explore a storyline with one of our characters, not to make any pro-life or pro-choice political statement. We sincerely hope that people are not turning to the fictional world of The Walking Dead for accurate medical information."
Mmmmm-okay, but that still doesn't address my previous concern that they could've given the correct information later in the episode by simply having a character say something like, "Jesus, you are a dumbshit, Lori! The morning-after pill doesn't work like that!" Done, done and done. Anyway, this fairly lame excuse from Mazzara has gotten even more people grumbling and wondering if The Walking Dead is a "pro-life" zombie show. Kate Aurther of The Daily Beast had this to say:
What’s also troubling is that this discussion coincided with a storyline in which Lori’s hosts—at an idyllic farm seemingly untouched by the zombie apocalypse—are discovered to be keeping a group of “walkers” alive in a nearby barn. When asked why, one of the characters responded, “They’re people.” The show’s heroes, however, accused of “murdering” such people, had a much more limited definition of what life is. “These aren’t people,” responded Glen (Steven Yeun). The timing is especially disturbing, as Lori and her husband debated whether to bring a child into this messed-up world. While the words “fetus” and “embryo” aren’t uttered, the “walkers” may as well be standing in here for Lori’s unborn child.
Is it murder? Has The Walking Dead become a parable about the sanctity of all life, hidden behind the window dressing of a horror story?
What say you? Is this molehill an unnecessary mountain? Or is your bullshit detector tingling?