07/15/2014 09:38 am ET Updated Jul 15, 2014

Is TV Afraid Of Abortion? For NBC, The Answer Is Complicated

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Last month, NBC found itself the target of criticism after reports surfaced that the network had declined a digital ad for the independent movie “Obvious Child,” which concerns a young woman’s decision to have an abortion, because the spot used that word. At the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles on Sunday, one of my colleagues asked NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt whether the controversy reflected a broader timidity about abortion and reproductive health on television.

Greenblatt responded with a story from his own career.

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