Joss Whedon: 'There's never a headline-grabbing agenda'

"There's never a headline-grabbing agenda. I did the abortion storyline [in Buffy the Vampire Slayer] because I was becoming very frustrated with a lot of narratives where people either don't even say the word abortion or have a very facile reason for not going through with it, and two-thirds of American women will have one in their lifetimes. It is a part of the reality of our society that people weren't even talking about and a young woman who is no position to raise a child gets pregnant very often has to make that decision. It's not an easy one, it's not fun, it's not something to be taken lightly but it is something that needs to be discussed. It needs to be out there and so I very baldly said, 'We're gonna do this because it needs to be done.' And we bought it in a sort of, you know, in a 'Buffy' way -- 'Oh no, I'm not pregnant, I'm a robot.' But that wasn't to shy away from it. Because it wasn't about the process, it was about the decision."

-- Joss Whedon, discussing balancing sensational storylines with those that advance the larger plot, in an interview with CBR TV at Comic-Con International in San Diego

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