Rebecca Downs

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The passage of abortion laws in Georgia and Alabama have caused a flurry of media reactions, including many misleading ones. At least 16 articles claimed or suggested women would be jailed for having abortions, even though the laws’ text is available for all to read, and specifies women will not face prosecution.



In the May 16 finale of For the People, "A Choice Between Two Things," the public defenders’ office and prosecutors take on voter intimidation perpetrated by “a pro-business advocacy group.” The episode opens on Election Day, with defense attorney Jay Simmons (Wesam Keesh) waiting in line to vote with his parents, naturalized citizens from Syria.



If you thought it was sick how abortion advocates celebrated Valentine’s Day, wait until you see how they marked Mother’s Day.



Fox’s Star season finale aired May 8, and along with it came the long-awaited American Sound Awards (ASA) ceremony, where the girl band, Take 3, is up for Best Pop Album. To start the awards show is a sacrilegious music performance, from the singer everyone loves to hate, Lil Dini (Marcos Palacios), and up-and-coming rapper Rashad (Major).



With just one episode left before the season finale, Fox’s Proven Innocent finally delves into immigration policy in its May 3 episode, “In Defense of Madeline Scott-Part 1.” It's also not the first episode this week to tackle the issue, with Grey's Anatomy gracing viewers with stories of families separated and "caged like animals."



Another Thursday night means more Chuck Lorre shows, and the likelihood that Lorre is going to mock President Trump in a very bizarre way. Following The Big Bang Theory’s May 2 episode, “The Plagiarism Schism,” shows viewers obstetrical forceps. Lorre hints that Trump may have been injured by such forceps when being born, and that he may even have syphilis.



While protesting an Alabama bill on abortion, State Rep. John Rogers made some pretty outlandish comments: “Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later. You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later.” But, since he’s a Democrat, he’s been given a free pass by the media.



Over the weekend, President Trump held a rally in Wisconsin, where he criticized Democratic Governor Tony Evers for saying he’d veto a bill requiring doctors provide medical care to babies born alive from an abortion. The media predictably pounced.



On April 22, Democratic Kansas Governor Laura Kelly vetoed SB 67, a bill which would have merely informed women about the possibility of abortion pill reversal. But it’s not just the Kansas governor, some liberal media outlets are complicit in denying women the full-range of information when it comes to the abortion pill.



In the Star universe, Atlanta may be a sanctuary city now, but that doesn’t stop Gravity Records from continuing to turn Simone (Brittany O’Grady) into “a political figure on the national stage” in April 24’s episode “Square One.”



Netflix’s No Good Nick tells the story of Nick (Siena Agudong) who catfishes an unsuspecting family, the Thompsons, into thinking she’s family. Add in the Thompsons' daughter, the socially conscious Molly (Lauren Lindsey Donzis), and it gets a whole lot weirder.



With a redacted Mueller report being released today, it's not merely the talking heads who are reacting in a bizarre fashion, it's also Hollywood, too.



Atheist Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) on IFC’s Brockmire might not make much headway in finding God, but he does find plenty of ways to offend in April 17’s episode, “The Yips.”



Another year of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People means another promotion of Planned Parenthood. Dr. Leana Wen came on as the abortion giant’s new president in November 2018, replacing the outgoing Cecile Richards, who was included twice before, and already Wen made TIME's 2019 list.



The third season of Star has not been without its fair share of depressing storylines, one of them being Carlotta Brown (Queen Latifah) grappling with how her stepfather, Calvin (Ben Vereen), abused and raped her for years. In April 10’s episode, however, “Amazing Grace,” there is a glimmer of humanity as Carlotta also comes to terms with how a baby boy she conceived from the sexual abuse, previously thought to have been a stillborn, may still be alive.



If you thought the April 5 episode of Fox’s Proven Innocent, titled “The Struggle For Stonewall,” complete with actual footage of LGBT pride parades and rallies was going to be virtue signaling, you’d be correct. One of the very first lines bashes conservatives. As Madeline (Rachelle Lefevre) and her investigator Bodie (Vincent Kartheiser) are walking through a LGBT-friendly neighborhood, Bodie, who is straight, mentions that because “this place is rocking,” it “really makes [him] rethink [his] lifestyle choices.”



If viewers thought they would feel sympathetic towards the protagonist of CW's In the Dark, Murphy Mason (Perry Mattfeld), because she’s blind and her best friend may have died, they’re in for a surprise.



Earlier in March, Shrill premiered on Hulu, which had main character Annie feeling “really, really good” and “very fucking powerful” after having an abortion in the Pilot episode. One of the show’s writers, Lindy West, who co-created #ShoutYourAbortion, described the abortion scene as “almost boring television” in a video interview with Jezebel, and that she was proud of that.



CBS’s God Friended Me has been pretty well-behaved since its inception. It even made our 2018 Nice List. However, after the show introduced the storyline of Reverend Arthur Finer (Joe Morton) having both an atheist son, Miles (Brandon Michael Hall), and a lesbian daughter, Ali (Javicia Leslie), you knew it was only a matter of time before that plot got out of hand. That finally happened in the episode “Return to Sender” on March 24, as Reverend Finer is being considered for Episcopal Bishop of New York.



In a continuation from last week’s episode of Star, the March 20 episode, “Watch the Throne,” once more delves into the characters' fight to make Atlanta a sanctuary city so that Simone can be reunited with her husband Angel, an illegal immigrant who is on the run from ICE.