Conversation Continues As Abortion Web Series Wraps

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No happy endings for fictional Bump+ characters; producers and audience members to speak out during finale of controversial show.

The final episode of BUMP+ premieres online Monday, March 15, 2010

When you read the posts from audience members, it's impossible to deny that a respectful, compassionate conversation about abortion has begun. That was our only goal, and we hope it continues.

Their characters have revealed their decisions; and as the controversial abortion web series, BUMP+, comes to an end, the producers are speaking out about their show and the conversation it has sparked.

During a final episode, set to premiere Monday, March 15, 2010, members of the production team will address the thousands of viewers in sixty-four countries who have tuned in to watch the series. Yellow Line Studio confirmed today that they will be joined by members of that viewing audience who have been an ongoing part of the accompanying discussion on the website. Guests currently scheduled to appear include Sister Mary Agnes Dombroski, a New Hampshire nun whose order operates a group home for abused children and founded http://www.runningnuns.com; and Jennifer Filipowicz, a pro-choice blogger and mother of two known to other BUMP+ fans by the screen name SuperHappyJen.

Yellow Line CEO Dominic Iocco, who created the series that follows the fictional stories of three women facing unintended pregnancies, says Monday’s presentation will focus on the conversation currently taking place on the show’s website. From the beginning, audience members were invited to share their personal stories and dialogue about the topic of abortion, with the promise that their feedback would help shape the character’s stories and eventual decisions. The plot lines concluded in Thursday's episode with one popular character choosing abortion. The other two characters opted to carry their pregnancies to term but faced uncertain futures; one suffered a miscarriage in the closing moments of the episode.

The series has garnered its share of controversy, along with worldwide press and more than 125,000 visits to the site. Iocco considers it a success. “We’ve been attacked and praised by people on both sides of the debate – but when you read the posts from our audience members, it’s impossible to deny that a respectful, compassionate conversation about abortion has begun. That was our only goal, and we hope it continues on the BUMP+ website and elsewhere.”

Yellow Line Studio, an independent entertainment company, is headquartered in San Diego and operates a satellite office in Los Angeles. For more information, or to schedule an interview with members of the BUMP+ creative team, visit http://www.bumptheshow.com or http://www.yellowlinestudio.com.    

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