I’m doing this issue a little out of order, which I generally try to avoid. However, I wanted to address how Steph handles finding out she’s pregnant, so I’m posting all of the panels of her dealing with the situation here. The next post will deal with Tim’s reaction.
First off, I LOVE the way Steph tells Tim that she is pregnant. If I ever get pregnant, this is how I will tell people. Only I’ll probably come up with a considerably longer list and just rotate them as people ask. :) Also, “a couple of make-out sessions do not a baby make.” Too funny!
Steph starts doing some research about what she should do. She and her mom visit several different agencies. From the very beginning, Steph completely rejects the idea of an abortion, even getting angry when she thinks Tim suggests it. She’s very defensive of the baby, refusing to consider harming it or selling it.
My experience with Tumblr thus far leads me to believe that is home to a vast majority of liberals—or at least the circles I follow are—so this will likely hit a lot of people wrong. I apologize for that in advance.
I think that there is a lot of pressure for pregnant teens to have abortions, which I entirely disagree with. I spend a great deal of time with teenagers, and I don’t think the typical teen is really capable of understanding what kind of physical and emotional toll an abortion can take. You can certainly argue the same about carrying to term; I’m not really interested in getting in an internet debate. However, I really appreciate the fact that DC presented a case for a strong, confident young woman to recognize that she’d made a mistake and choose the hard road instead of the easy way out. Steph puts a lot of time, thought, and research into making her decision. I don’t think that teen girls today get this message presented to them enough, and I think that Chuck Dixon handled it all very well.