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Corrections and Clarifications: An earlier version of this column misidentified the head of the “Unpregnant” streaming network and misidentified the network it will air on.

HBO Max is airing a comedy about abortion. And we wish it was a joke.

In a recently published interview about the film, “Unpregnant” (perhaps a shot of the pro-life film “Unplanned”?), one of the writers said she wanted to “write a road trip story about abortion [to] bring some humor and make people more comfortable with the subject of abortion.

“If we could pull it off,” added the other screenwriter, “that would be really something special.”

Well, they pulled it off, and it will air on HBO Max in September.

Abortion is not funny

the plot of “Unpregnant” centers on a teenage girl who unexpectedly finds herself with a child. Rather than turn to her Catholic “Jesus Freak” parents for help, she decides on her own to have an abortion. But, there is a catch. Abortion laws in her state make this virtually impossible. So she hires a friend to accompany her on the 1,000 mile journey to the nearest abortion clinic. Their road trips make up the bulk of the film, with the film documenting the “hysterical” trials and tribulations of two teenagers traveling to end a baby’s life.

When we first saw the trailer for “Unpregnant, we were both shocked. Even those who support abortion have generally not treated it as a laughing matter. Most people had the moral decency to recognize the seriousness of the decision for the woman, if not for the unborn child. “Safe, legal and rarewas the pro-abortion rallying cry. Not “safe, legal and hilarious”.

Until now. And one of the writers explained why it’s in the same interview.

“It could very easily be a horror story,” she said, “but laughter is a way to take away fear and shame.”

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In other words, the makers of this film want us to forget the human tragedy at the heart of abortion. They want to cover it up with goofy laughs and hijinks, so we don’t see the heartbreak, tears, grief and guilt that afflicts so many post-abortion women, not to mention the loss of innocent lives that accompanies every abortion. .

For the people behind this film and many within the pro-abortion movement, “safe, legal and rare” is no longer the goal. The new goal is “safe, legal and not serious”. They don’t want abortion to be a morally serious issue. They want him to have the moral weight of a dental filling.

What Christians Should Do in Response

As Christians, we cannot be satisfied with this. Human life matters. Human dignity matters. And Hollywood trying to undermine the sanctity of life with cheap comedy stuff should turn our stomachs. None of us would tolerate a movie that uses laughter to try to erase the horror of racism or anti-Semitism. And we can’t tolerate this movie either.

So what do we do?

First, pray. Not just generically, but specifically – for the writers and producers behind “Unpregnant”; for the young women involved in the filming of the film; for all the people who have supported it financially or are helping to market the film. Pray for them all. Ask Jesus to have mercy on them and change their hearts. Pray also for all who watch this film. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to them how horrible His purposes are. Above all, pray for every adolescent girl and every woman who feels she has no choice but to have an abortion. Pray that no woman will have to find out the hard way that abortion is no joke.

After praying, act. Do something concrete to help your local crisis pregnancy center, maternity home or homeless shelter. Invite a single mother to dinner or offer to babysit her once in a while. Ask around and find out if there is a woman in your parish or community who needs help to overcome the difficulties of an unexpected pregnancy. One way or another, big or small, be the friend a woman in crisis needs.

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Finally, if you have a subscription to HBO or HBO Max, cancel it. Then send an e-mail to CEO of Warner Bros.., Ann Sarnoff, and tell her why you’re canceling ([email protected]).

Laughing is good. It can be food for the soul. Likewise, seeing the humor in a situation can keep us sane. But there is no humor to be seen in abortion, only heartbreak. And laughing at such loss – of life, of motherhood, of hope – is not keeping our sanity; it is to lose our humanity.

Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, is the president of the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Maureen (Malloy) Ferguson, a 1992 alumnus of Franciscan University, is a senior member of the Catholic Association and co-host of EWTN’s radio show and podcast “Conversations With Consequences.”