WGA Panel Explores Challenges of Writing Women's Reproductive Issues

One of the most disturbing problems, said panelists, is that television can misrepresent womens' experiences and perpetuate misconceptions. For example, though one in three women will experience an abortion in her lifetime – or 60% of the female population – television tends to portray terminating a pregnancy as a life-shattering anomaly rather than a common experience.

“It’s a simple procedure, not as medicalized as we see it depicted on television and in film,” said Orange is the New Black writer Merritt Tierce. “I’d like to see that story depicted.” [continue]

Panelists (L-R): Moderator Dr. Zoanne Clack (Grey’s Anatomy), Sascha Rothchild (GLOW), Dr. Raegen McDonald-Mosley (Planned Parenthood), Merritt Tierce (Orange is the New Black), Chai Chai Sun (menopause expert), and Bruce Miller (The Handmaid’s Tale). photograph by Mai Tran-Lanza

Panelists (L-R): Moderator Dr. Zoanne Clack (Grey’s Anatomy), Sascha Rothchild (GLOW), Dr. Raegen McDonald-Mosley (Planned Parenthood), Merritt Tierce (Orange is the New Black), Chai Chai Sun (menopause expert), and Bruce Miller (The Handmaid’s Tale).

photograph by Mai Tran-Lanza