Jon Stewart as Pro-Choice Voice

I’m having a lot of trouble embedding the Comedy Central Player into WordPress… please, please watch the video I talk about below here.

I know that I’m a little late on the whole “Jon Stewart is the Most Powerful Man in America” thing, but I have been truly impressed with their coverage of the Republican National Convention and Bristol Palin’s pregnancy.

There’s been a lot of chatter in the feminist/pro-choice blogosphere and beyond about the statement the Palin family made when they announced their daughter’s pregnancy (though, to be honest, Bristol is clearly preggers.  One photograph and the world would’ve known so a formal announcement was unneeded).  Anyway, the Palin’s statement includes the word decision:

We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. (emphasis added)

Call me crazy, but isn’t a decision kind of like a choice?  Thanks Samantha Bee and “The Daily Show” for making this point with humour and without making the point any less salient.   For too long we’ve let abortion stay out of the main stream entertainment media (unless it is emphatically not chosen like in Knocked Up, Juno, or Waitress).  I’m glad that “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report,” and other outlets are really holding Palin’s feet to the fire about this.


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