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TV: ‘The Walking Dead’s’ Morning-After Controversy

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I didn’t watch Sunday night’s episode until yesterday, but apparently there was an outcry of anger when Lori’s (played by Sarah Wayne Callies) character takes a morning-after pill in hopes to abort her and Shane’s (Jon Bernthal) lovechild (which she then forces herself to throw it up).

Showrunner Glen Mazzara responded to the controversy: “The producers and writers of ‘The Walking Dead’ are fully aware that the morning-after pill would not induce an abortion or miscarriage,” said Mazzara in a statement obtained by TheWrap. “We exercised our artistic creative license to explore a storyline with one of our characters, not to make any pro-life or pro-choice political statement. We sincerely hope that people are not turning to the fictional world of ‘The Walking Dead’ for accurate medical information.

The American Civil Liberties Union was one of the more vocal detractors.

In a blog post titled, “Walking Dead Is Wrong on Emergency Contraception, Stick to Zombies,” the organization huffed, “‘The Walking Dead’ is not doing its fans or themselves any favors by promoting false information. Lori is several weeks pregnant and the morning-after pill can’t induce a miscarriage. What it can do is prevent pregnancy if taken within 5 days of unprotected sex; although the sooner it is taken the more likely it is to work.

I’m not touching this with a 600,000 foot pole. Have your say below…



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