The Washington Post reports on a "a new, faux-reality Web-based docudrama featuring actors trying to decide whether to have an abortion."
The idea for the "show," which launches Monday, was inspired, of all things, by Barack Obama's commencement address at Notre Dame University last year. When the president said he wanted "to find ways to communicate about a workable solution to the problem of unintended pregnancies," executive producer Dominic Iocco conceived "Bump." . . .Every attempt to treat abortion as a rational, moral "choice" exposes its heartlessness the more. Again, as Christ said: "For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light." Eventually, the issue will be as clear as it was for the spectators in Jean-Léon Gérôme's painting above. The Christian revelation is not a recipe for improving the world; it is the revelation of the truth. Its effect is to clear away the obfuscations that allow us to become complicit with evil without being fully and morally conscious of what we're doing.
In the end, self-selecting strangers will become as a thousand Caesars, offering a thumbs up or down on the unborn. That some might struggle with their decision on behalf of the voiceless is some consolation. Otherwise, even in the faux world of a not-quite reality show, presenting such a profoundly personal and literally life-altering conflict as interactive entertainment is disturbing and slightly creepy.
Those who wince at this latest effort to treat abortion as the moral equivalent of a budget battle or a death penalty debate or the prudential decision about the use of military force might want to keep Notre Dame president Fr. John Jenkins in your prayers. For he and his administration provided the platform for the deeply disingenuous presidential address that provided the creators of this series with the impetus to produce it.