Hollywood on Autopilot: It’s Pro-Choice No Matter What
Even as a new poll shows what Americans really think of the abortion issue in today's films, liberals just do what they want
If you believe Hollywood pushes a pro-choice agenda in its films, you are far from alone.
For a very long time, the liberal Left has been issuing and promoting movies that have pro-choice agendas. Think of “The Cider House Rules,” “Dirty Dancing,” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” to name just a few. And consider such Hollywood celebrities as Lena Dunham, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore and others who act as public shills for Planned Parenthood.
The Barna Group, a Christian polling firm, did a recent study on the topic — and its findings are fascinating. “When abortion is presented on screen, 29 percent of Americans think Hollywood is favoring the pro-choice position,” it found, “while 25 percent say it is favoring the pro-life position. Only 14 percent say no agenda is pushed, while 18 percent don’t recall seeing a movie in which the topic was even discussed.”
The results break down according to political party, with Republicans seeing more pro-life messages, while Democrats see more pro-choice messages. That’s likely because — as The Hollywood Reporter pointed out — “conservatives and liberals are oftentimes choosing to see different movies, especially when they know that the touchy issue of abortion will be a major plot point.”
Among voters who are independent, 27 percent of those polled saw more pro-choice messages, compared to just 16 percent who said they saw more pro-life messages in films.
The age of voters played a role in the opinions of those polled as well.
The Hollywood Reporter noted of the poll: “As the audience gets older, they are far more likely to see pro-choice messages. Thirty-six percent of boomers (ages 52-70), for example, think Hollywood makes movies sympathetic to the pro-choice position, while only 13 percent think it makes more pro-life films. On the flip side, 36 percent of millennials (ages 18-32) think that Hollywood’s messages are primarily pro-life, while 28 percent think they are mostly pro-choice.”
Interestingly enough, a Gallup poll released earlier this month showed that 54 percent of Americans say abortion should be illegal — or legal in only rare circumstances.
The poll also found that more than half of Americans consider abortion to be “morally wrong.”
The Barna Group poll was conducted at the request of the filmmakers who are behind a new independent movie, “Because of Gracia,” which is due to be released in September. The film has a subplot about abortion and tells the story of teenage romance and angst; the protagonist is mocked for her decision to wait until marriage to have sexual relations.
“Because of Gracia” seems to be following in the footsteps of other recent films that have had a pro-life message — films such as “Arrival,” “Bella,” “Waitress,” “Juno,” and even Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up.”
In addition to sharing the opinions of Americans on the issue of abortion as it relates to messaging in Hollywood movies, The Barna Group poll demonstrated that there’s a major market for movies with a pro-life message. That’s a market that seems to be increasing each year since abortion became legal in this country.