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WMC Board Member Gloria Feldt Calls for Realistic Representation of Unintended Pregnancy in the Medi

July 24, 2010

Women’s Media Center Board Member and Progressive Women’s Voices alumnae Gloria Feldt’s stunning piece in The Washington Post highlights the courage and tenacity young women possess when facing the decision to end an unintended pregnancy. Feldt’s insightful analysis of Friday Night Lights’ “I Can’t” episode infuses candid commentary on the state of reproductive justice in America, with a contextual reflection of her own experience with teen pregnancy. Friday Night Lights "I Can't" Feldt explores the undue burden women are forced to endure due to anti-choice legislation and opposition. She elaborates on the challenges young women face in communities where state laws, resources, and access to reproductive health care complicate their situation. Feldt confronts inaccurate and biased representations of unintended pregnancy in popular culture by exposing the repercussions of this distortion of reality. She challenges the media to depict reproductive health decisions with the honesty and dignity they deserve, rather than reducing the complexity of women’s lives to promote divisive politics. We join Gloria Feldt in commending NBC for airing the “I Can’t” episode. While we recognize that it is unfeasible for a television show to completely portray reality, we are thankful that “Friday Night Lights” represented the very personal experience women endure when facing unintended pregnancy with integrity. The WMC will continue to work with the media to ensure that women and our important health decisions are represented in a manner that respects our reproductive freedom. We urge you to show your support for more honest depictions of women’s reproductive health decisions in the media by writing a letter to the editor to the Washington Post. WMC Board Member and Progressive Women’s Voices Alumnae Gloria Feldt is the author of "No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power" and is former president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.