Samantha Bee isn’t just pushing for abortion on her Full Frontal show. She and husband Jason Jones are shoving the issue into the broader entertainment world now too.
Earlier this week, TBS comedy The Detour showed parents teaching their two children that “every woman deserves the right to choose” by telling them the story of how they, the kids, were almost aborted. Unable to say the A-word, the mother euphemistically called abortion a “trip to Europe.”
The TV series, created by Samantha Bee and Jason Jones, follows a family of four on a road trip across the country. Starring Jason Jones, Natalie Zea, Ashley Gerasimovich and Liam Carroll, The Detour has already been renewed for a second season.
During the latest episode, The Road, the parents, Nate and Robin, revealed to their kids that they were lucky to be alive today.
The story began with a flashback where Robin (Natalie Zea) held a positive pregnancy test while sitting on the toilet.
“We don’t have to decide right now,” she calmed Nate (Jason Jones). “We’ll weigh the options and I will make the decision.”
Another flashback showed a technician giving Robin an ultrasound. As Nate and Robin watched the ultrasound on a screen revealing twins, Nate and Robin argued back and forth about whether or not to go through with the pregnancy.
Back in present time, their daughter Delilah (Ashley Gerasimovich) interrupted, “I’m really confused right now. You’re pregnant. So what was there to decide?”
Robin searched for a euphemistic term to describe abortion.
“Well, I had to make a choice,” she began. “I had to make a choice, uh… about whether or not I was gonna keep you?”
Confused, the kids asked, “You were thinking about giving us up for adoption? Well, who was gonna be our mom and dad?”
Robin finally found a way to describe abortion: a “trip to Europe.”
“I had to, uh, make a choice a-about whether or not I wanted to take a-a trip to the… um, Europe,” she responded.
She then went into a monologue about the “right to choose”:
“See, the – they’re a lot of women, who, um, find themselves in a position where they feel like they have to choose between being a mom and going to Europe, and – and it’s a – it’s a very, very serious decision and one that should never be taken lightly. And make no mistake, every woman deserves the right to choose… Europe, if she so desires.”
“But just know this,” she admitted, “Every time I look at you, I am so thankful that I decided to stay in Syracuse.”
The story ended with Robin confessing that she had gone to Europe (aka received an abortion) before her pregnancy with the twins.
“Just once,” she said. “Last year of high school.”