by Meredith O'Brien (Moms in Pop Culture & Politics)
It's been a compelling, controversial storyline nominally about abortion but more, I think, about mothers: Mothers of teens, a woman who was a teen mom and a teen who was almost a mother.
Friday Night Lights has garnered a lot of publicity in the last few weeks over its storyline involving Becky Sproles, a 15-year-old girl who got pregnant during a one-night-stand. Becky wavered on what to do about her situation and wound up consulting the principal of a nearby high school and, ultimately agreed with her mother's strong recommendation that she have an abortion.
As the fall-out from Becky's abortion continues in a new episode this coming Friday, I've been more interested in how the various maternal characters have made their way through this emotionally difficult thicket.
Take Cheryl, Becky's mother. She had Becky when she was a teen and regretted it, blamed her constant struggle for money and her dead-end job, whereRead More »from Friday Night Lights: Teen Pregnancy and Abortion in Prime Time.