Monday, October 12, 2009

"Be my date for my abortion?"

Lots of blog chatter about a short film directed by Gillian Robespierre, called Obvious Child. It captures the essence of Juno and Knocked Up but does what neither of them could: presents a meaningful representation of abortion.

A touch of unbelievable romantic comedy? Yes. Dialogue very similar to Juno? Yes. If these things bother you, get past it and quickly realize that your watching a conversation about abortion that is very similar to the experience that a majority of people have when it comes to unintended pregnancy. Guttmacher states that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion before age 45. That means many of us have someone in our lives who has experienced abortion. It's something that we don't talk about in our culture. The truth is, women have a wide range of feelings when it comes to unintended pregnancy and abortion. What to do following a postive pregnancy test may be simple for some and complicated for others.

Another great thing about this film is that it sheds some light on the actual process of abortion which is often mystified. Not only do some people make assumptions of what it's like for someone to decide to have an abortion but they also have assumptions of what the actual medical process is like. People may wonder what the clinic looks like or what the clinic "feels" like. This short film provides insight to the realities of abortion. When it comes to women's health and reproductive rights, demystifying abortion is an important step in educating others.

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