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Banned Abortion Episode of 'Family Guy' Coming on DVD: Watch Excerpt Here—and Join Debate

Remember that flap over a Family Guy episode last year deemed too hot for Fox (and, allegedly, viewers) to handle—and ordered off the air? It was recently shown in the UK and the New York Times has a piece today on its release on DVD this September.  

The title:  "Partial Terms of Endearment."    

The Times calls it  "an episode in which a central character finds herself with an unwanted pregnancy and contemplates an abortion, a subject that is frankly discussed—and flagrantly satirized—by the cartoon’s cast."

Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, called Fox's decision unfortunate—after it gave him a green light to produce the episode—and "probably based on people’s current ability to handle and dissect controversial narratives."  He added: “People in America, they’re getting dumber. They’re getting less and less able to analyze something and think critically, and pick apart the underlying elements. And more and more ready to make a snap judgment regarding something at face value, which is too bad.”

Of course, Family Guy has sometimes gone a little too far, even for "liberal" sensibilities, so you may not rush out to buy or view the DVD. With that in mind, I thought I'd present an excerpt below, with a link here to even more from it at YouTube, and encourage you to comment below, pro or con.

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