I thought they did a very good job handling abortion on “Private Practice” last night. Usually on TV shows the pro-life position is written as a straw man that can easily be knocked down but the “Private Practice” writers looked at it from the aspect of a fertility doctor who puts a high value on life who has to deal with the fact that an abortion was going to take place in her practice for the first time even though she’s against it (she’s overruled by the doctor running the practice). She understands that life begins at conception because she sees it every time she fertilizes an egg. It’s reasonable for her to be against abortions because they devalue the life that she values so highly. At the end of the episode when she says that a baby died there today, you can understand her pain because you know that she works so hard to facilitate life, not destroy it.
If you missed it, you can watch it here. You don’t have to know too much about the show to watch the episode.