Thank You, Friday Night Lights!
July 14, 2010Jeff Zucker President & CEO, NBC Universal 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10112 Dear Mr. Zucker, We commend your network for airing the “I Can’t” episode of Friday Night Lights on July 9. As organizations and individuals who advocate on behalf of reproductive health and rights, we appreciate seeing such an honest depiction on network television of a young woman’s decision to choose abortion. No television program can fully reflect reality, but Friday Night Lights showed the personal experience a woman goes through to make her choice. This episode also incorporated discussions of the state laws that can make the situation even more difficult for young women. Thank you again for your willingness to portray the decision to choose abortion honestly, especially when most networks never show this choice or discuss it thoughtfully. We hope the entertainment industry takes note. There is room in prime-time television for constructive programming that respectfully addresses the full range of options for women facing an unintended pregnancy. Signed, Advocates For Youth Choice USA Civil Liberties and Public Policy at Hampshire College Ibis Reproductive Health Illinois Choice Action Team Ipas Law Students for Reproductive Justice NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona NARAL Pro-Choice California NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire NARAL Pro-Choice New York NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon NARAL Pro-Choice Texas NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia NARAL Pro-Choice Washington NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin National Council of Jewish Women National Organization for Women National Women’s Law Center Physicians for Reproductive Rights Religious Institute Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) Women’s Media Center