The HBO series Girls discussed the issue of abortion in it's second ever episode. It has since been nominated for five Emmys.
Why would a woman take photos of the abortion of her child?
I wondered this when I discovered an opinion piece in The Guardian by a woman who had done just that. The article alone received more than 800 comments and was shared by 716 Facebook users and 167 Twitter accounts.
Part cathartic and part to refute pro-life posters showing images of partially formed foetuses stamped with words like "murder" – Jane captured images on her smartphone inside an abortion clinic in the US and launched her own website – thisismyabortion.com.
One of Jane's images from thisismyabortion.com
It is a reaction to the voice of protesters, referred to as "pro-lifers", getting louder as every man and his political party continue to weigh in on the womb debate.
"My hope is this project will help dispel the fear, lies and hysteria around abortion and empower women to make educated decisions for their bodies," she told WAtoday.com.au.
I decided to get in contact with Jane to ask her how she was coping, as the issue of abortion to me is as murky as a latte.
Is it legal here?
What are the risks?
Where do I go and what do I do if the test is positive and my bank balance and life 'situation' is in the negative?
The recent actions of the American pro-life movement have done nothing to dispel the confusion and scaremongering.
Terri Proud, a female politician from Arizona, proposed that women who were considering abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy should be made to watch a similar procedure before being granted access to one.
"Personally I'd like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a 'surgical procedure'. If it's not a life it shouldn't matter, if it doesn't harm a woman then she shouldn't care," she wrote in an email to a constituent.
Before the Governor of Virginia (and possible vice-president candidate) Bob McDonnell's amended abortion bill passed, he initially suggested that it should become law for a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an internal ultrasound, as opposed to an external scan, 24-hours before being given access to one.
He has now appointed an outspoken abortion opponent to the Virginian Board of Health.
Only in America huh?
Family Planning WA chief Steve Blackwell believes young adults in Australia need to have the issue of abortion clarified and demystified.
"I worry that the attitudes of the religious right in America are being imported to Australia as there are some protesters who are beginning to use similar tactics as the 'Right To Life' movement over in the States," he told WAtoday.com.au.
According to a WA Health Department report released last year, WA has one of the highest rates of terminated pregnancies not only in Australia but the world, with figures comparable to those in the US and UK.
The report, which reviewed the number of induced abortions in WA from 2006 to 2009, stated 22.6 per cent of all pregnancies in WA in 2006 alone ended in abortion, the second highest "abortion proportion" in Australia after NSW, which had a rate of 24.7 per cent.
Interestingly, it is legal to have an abortion in WA, in NSW it is not – unless a woman can prove her health would be seriously jeopardised by the pregnancy.
He said that while WA has a higher number of abortions – it's not to suggest birth control is not being used.
"Abortion in WA is available, it's affordable, it's safe and it's legal which makes it easier for women when they are confronted with an unplanned pregnancy.
"They've taken the pill, they've been using some form of contraception and it hasn't worked so it's not like women are choosing to use termination of pregnancy as their only form of contraception," he said of the majority of women who seek referral and counselling services at Family Planning WA.
I've been the support crew for a number of friends over the years as they have sought medical advice, counselling and the gone through with abortions. They were all in that prime reproduction phase aged between 20 and 29 and all of them had been using contraception – one was even using two forms.
Part of my interest in the pro-choice verses pro-life debate is because my mum (and I for that matter) would not have existed if my grandmother chose to terminate her pregnancy in 1959.
She was single, working away from home and had no one to turn to in order to discuss her options – even though she was working as a nurse. She resorted to wearing a rib-crushing corset for nine months, continued with full time work and gave birth after a night of dancing.
She never thought of ending the pregnancy however she did admit that she was too scared to talk about it so just pretended it wasn't happening.
My mum went on to be raised in an extremely happy home surrounded by extended family however my grandmother never fully dealt with the emotional toll of that unplanned pregnancy. Alcohol became one of her closest companions for a few years.
Fast forward to a world saturated with Facebook posts and Tweets, yet the cloak of mystery covering abortion still remains.
Mr Blackwell is pleased that projects such as thisismyabortion.com are connecting with young adults.
"It is a good thing for some women to see as they are confronted by those lifelike foetuses from the 'Right To Life' protesters and it's not true, so from that point of view I think [thisismyabortion.com] is a very good use of the media."
Many would remember Miranda's decision to not go through with an abortion on Sex and The City and the discussions about sexual health Hannah and co undertook in the waiting room of a family planning clinic in an episode of Girls titled Vagina Panic, Mr Blackwell believes this is great step forward.
"It's not about normalising abortion, it's about not showing that it is not common. I think that if women are able to see it portrayed in a factual and supportive way and see some of the decision trees which some women follow, it must give them strength," he said.
Jane however believes the bigger issue of unwanted pregnancy needs to be addressed with more gumption.
"I think that the issue could benefit from being a bit more grounded. There are many ways to do that. I am not sure that making it an issue on Girls is the way to decrease the stigma, but I think it is important to be talked about in a rational way," she added.