Television tends to focus on its characters making the choice to have an abortion — perhaps because that's where emotional conflict often stems from. While it's great that television is more open than ever about showing abortion as an option for women, it's also important that it depicts it accurately. Women need to know that they have options, but also what difficulties they can expect in going through with them.
While I would hate for TV to portray the need for an abortion as some tragic thing, TV can step up its game by showing the challenges women sometimes face in taking this step. Some TV shows are already there: BoJack Horseman may be an animated comedy about a talking horse, but it also roasted terrible abortion regulations. In one scene, Diane (Alison Brie) is forced to look at videos of cute puppies (her husband is a dog, just go with it) before undergoing her abortion, "just in case" she wants to change her mind. That's wrong, and gross, but, sadly, a reality for many women.
TV can do right by women by showing the world the BS they sometimes face in exercising the right to their own body. It's an uncomfortable mirror to our reality, but one that people need to see in a time when a woman's right to choose is under attack.