A lead actresses from the hit show “Glee” revealed in her new book that she had an abortion while filming the show.
Naya Rivera, who played Santana Lopez on “Glee,” wrote about her abortion and her struggles with relationships, her acting career and self-confidence in her soon-to-be released memoirs “Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up,” E News reports.
Rivera had the abortion in 2010 after breaking up with her now-husband actor Ryan Dorsey to focus on her acting. She decided to have the abortion – without telling Dorsey about their unborn child.
“Naya chose not share the news with Ryan at the time, instead choosing to focus on her career. The actress says she terminated the pregnancy during a day off from filming an episode of Glee,” E News reports.
She and Dorsey got back together and married in 2014. They have an 11-month-old son, Josey Dorsey, according to the report.
Rivera said she hopes her son will read her memoirs someday and learn about “the issues women face.”
“It was very scary to open up about everything,” Rivera said. “It’s not something a lot of people talk about, but I think they should. I know some people might read it and say, ‘What the Hell?’ But I hope someone out there gets something out of it.”
“I’ve done a lot of living,” she told People. “I’m a 79-year-old trapped in a 29-year-old’s body.”
The show itself sent mixed messages about abortion. Early episodes featured the character Quinn, a high school cheerleader, refusing a teacher’s suggestion to go to Planned Parenthood when she discovered she was pregnant. The teen character chose life for her unborn child and later made an adoption plan for her child.
However, “Glee” also promoted risky sexual behavior among teens – in a similar fashion to Planned Parenthood’s “sex education” programs. One show featured pro-abortion actress Gwenyth Paltrow as a sex education teacher.
Pro-life writer Kara Russo Young described one 2011 episode this way, “The episode began with outright hate speech against Catholicism, and quickly moved on to thinly veiled promotion of students becoming sexually active.”
Paltrow’s character poked fun at a student who wanted to remain celibate and later danced around the classroom seductively in a low cut black leather jumpsuit, Russo said.
We also need to keep our kids from watching the type of morally corrosive shows that are out there these days – shows like FOX’s ‘Glee’, MTV’s ‘Skins’, MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’, ‘Sex and the City’, and many others. Do not let your kids tell you “Oh, it’s just a tv show, mom!” Remember, you are what you eat. You become what you watch. And believe me, the input your children are receiving from these shows is corrupting them.