February 12, 2012

Buffy gets her teeth into politics: Vampire Slayer to have an abortion after drunken one-night stand as creator attacks pro-life campaigners (3 PICS)

Buffy: But the fictional heroine - played
by Sarah Michelle Gellar in the TV series
- is facing one of her biggest challenges yet

She was the fresh-faced heroine of many a teenaged boy.

Pretty, at high school, dealing with the typical problems of growing up - albeit a Chosen One with a mean line in killing demons - Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the attractive face of fighting evil.

But after several series of the hit action show, Buffy has now gone off the rails - and found out she's pregnant after a drunken party.

And in what is sure to infuriate the U.S. anti-abortion lobby, Buffy has decided to have a termination.

After trailing the latest issue with the teaser that Buffy is 'distracted by a rather personal problem', her character is seen telling vampire Spike - who may or may not be the father - that her life is in freefall: 'I'm going to have an abortion. 

'I'm barely able to hold onto a job. I live with roommates who are about to kick me out. And I can't even hold my alcohol well enough to remember who got me pregnant. 

'I can handle the Slayer stuff … But everything else I'm not ready. At least not now.'

The award-winning TV show, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, ran from 1997 until 2003, but her story has been continued by creator Joss Whedon in comic book form.

He told told Entertainment Weekly: 'A woman's right to choose is under attack as much as it's ever been, and that's a terrible and dangerous thing for this country.

'I don't usually get soap box-y with this, but the thing about Buffy is all she's going through is what women go through, and what nobody making a speech, holding up a placard, or making a movie is willing to say.

Torn: Buffy agonises over her decision with Spike in the comic strip
'It's something that over a third of American women are going to decide to have to do in their lives. But people are so terrified that no one will discuss the reality of it — not no one, but very few popular entertainments, even when they say they're dealing with this issue, they don't, and won't. It's frustrating to me. I don't think Buffy should have a baby. I don't think Buffy can take care of a baby. I agree with Buffy.'

And he told reporters: 'Buffy was always about the arc of a life, and it wasn’t ever going to be one of those shows where they were perpetually in high school and never asked why. 

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