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Planned Parenthood praises GLOW for 'authentic depiction of abortion'

Star Alison Brie also applauds the story line: ‘It shows it doesn’t have to be the end of the world’

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Planned Parenthood is applauding Netflix’s GLOW for a story line where Alison Brie’s character, Ruth, decides to get a safe and legal abortion.

In the eighth episode, “Maybe It’s All the Disco,” Ruth visits a Planned Parenthood for an abortion after learning she is pregnant. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America provided guidance to GLOW’s creators to ensure the moment was portrayed accurately, and on Wednesday, Planned Parenthood released a statement praising the show for its “authentic depiction of abortion.”

“Planned Parenthood applauds the new Netflix series GLOW, which includes an episode about one woman’s decision to have a safe, legal abortion,” the statement read. “While the show takes place three decades ago, the story line remains relevant today, as politicians continue to attack women’s health and chip away at access to abortion in America.”

“We applaud GLOW for highlighting the need for every woman to have full, accurate information about all of her options so she can make the best decision for herself,” Caren Spruch, director of arts and entertainment engagement at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said. “With reproductive health under constant attack from politicians, it’s more important than ever for the public to see story lines about abortion that are accurate, authentic, and respectful of women’s experiences. To reduce the stigma and silencing that many women experience, we must replace misinformation with facts and support honest, authentic portrayals of the women who make this decision.”

In a recent interview with EW, Alison Brie also commended the way her character approaches her abortion “in such a pragmatic way, the way she approaches everything.” “It shows it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. It doesn’t have to break you,” she said.”

“I loved the way they approach that topic in that episode,” she continued. “The fact that it’s not melodramatic, that Ruth knows herself enough to know that this is what she wants to do. There’s no question that she wants to do it. Most shows approach it like, ‘What am I going to do?!’ It’s more like, ‘When can I do that, how soon?’ For a lot of people who are in no way prepared to raise a child, making that decision comes very easily. It goes back to this show being about women’s bodies. Women owning their bodies, knowing their bodies, knowing what they can do with them.”

GLOW‘s first season is now streaming in full on Netflix.

Reporting by Sara Vilkomerson