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LISTEN: Abortion comes of age on TV, from “Maude” to “Jane the Virgin” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”


LISTEN: Abortion comes of age on TV, from âMaudeâ to âJane the Virginâ and âCrazy Ex-Girlfriendâ
Salon

Although abortion has been legal in the United States since the historic Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, television — both scripted and reality — still all but ignored the issue for decades. What is a fact of many women’s reproductive lives has been, until just the past few years, a conveniently ignored or glossed-over plot point. But with abortion storylines turning up on shows as diverse as “Scandal,” “The Fosters” and “Bojack Horseman,” choice has at last entered prime time.Recently, Salon spoke to Gretchen Sisson, a sociologist at the University of California, San Francisco and one of the leaders of the Abortion Onscreen project, which tracks how choice is depicted on television and film, about what TV has gotten right — and wrong — over the years.Subscribe to Salon Mix on Apple PodcastsIt’s fascinating that we had this moment in the early ’70s, where abortion was on soap operas and on “Maude.

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