A "Family Guy" episode called "Partial Terms of Endearment" that deals with abortion and was banned from television by Fox, will be released in September as a stand-alone DVD, reports the New York Times.
Fox declined to elaborate on its decision not to air the episode, which was created for the show’s 2009-10 season, the story says. Seth MacFarlane, the show’s creator, said the network allowed him to produce the episode despite warning him the subject raised concerns, and that he felt the network would eventually air it.
The episode follows Lois Griffin, the wife of "Family Guy" Peter Griffin, as she becomes a surrogate mother for an infertile friend. But after her friend and husband die in a car crash, Lois debates having an abortion, the article says.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the home video arm of 20th Century Fox, is releasing the episode with packaging that plays up the controversy, with "Banned from TV!" stamped across the cover. The home-video unit decided fans would still purchase the episode despite the subject, helping to cover the production costs even if the episode wasn’t broadcast on Fox, the story adds.