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A new episode of “Vida,” a Starz drama, features two sisters bonding after both took abortion pills to end the lives of their unborn children, and without informing their male companions.
In “Episode 21,” older sister Emma Hernandez, played by Mishel Prada, is in an abortion clinic and is actually shown taking the two pills used in the process — Mifepristone and Misoprostol — without following the proper instructions given her by a nurse.
Rather than taking the Mifepristone first and then later taking the Misoprostol, she pops both pills in her mouth one after the other and downs them as though they were simply a common over-the-counter medication.
“The first pill is Mifepristone. That one you can take right away, and the second one is Misoprostol, and that one you have to wait after 24 hours, and the side effects are heavy bleeding, cramping, um, nausea, vomiting, and maybe dizziness,” the nurse explains.
Later in the day, her younger sister Lyn, played by Melissa Barrera, is rummaging through her older sister’s closet to find something to wear, when the two strike up a casual conversation about the abortion.
Lyn appears to be surprised that Emma has already downed both of the abortion pills because she appears to look normal, as always. Lyn then mentions that she had an abortion in the same way, via pills, but was very sick for a number of days afterward.
“Then maybe you should, um, wait to take that pill until–until after I come back from Rudy’s,” Lyn says.
“Oh, I already took it,” Emma responded
“What? This is you on the pill?” Lyn asked.
“Oy my God. I’d be totally green by now if I were you,” Lyn said. “The one time I took it, I got so sick. I literally had to curl up in bed with caldo for two days, almost three.”
“Okay, well I have a rock for a stomach, so…” said the older sister.
“Well, and just because I’d be a sh***y sister if I didn’t ask, you…for sure don’t wanna tell Baco?
“Why would I tell Baco?” Emma asked.
“Yeah, I wouldn’t, either,” said Lyn.
The casual nature of the conversation, as well as the attempt to normalize the extermination of human life, is shocking, as is the visual of seeing a woman actually taking a medication designed to kill something alive and growing inside her.
What’s more, the viewer is left with the distinct impression that both women are being used merely for sex by their male partners and that there is no interest in, or desire for, a long-term committed relationship.
And while people are free to be with whom they choose, what message does the actions of these two female characters send not just to young people but to society in general?
Primarily that regardless of what we do, there should be no consequences for our actions and that if there are consequences, we should be able to avoid them effortlessly.
Even if it means ending the life of someone who has no say in the matter.
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