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What Obvious Child (Movie) gets right about abortion
The Week ^ | 06/27/2014 | By Scott Lemieux

Posted on 06/27/2014 9:31:46 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

At long last, a mainstream movie about a procedure that millions of American women have undergone. It also happens to be really funny.

Regardless of what one thinks about abortion, it cannot be denied that it is a common medical procedure for women. Roughly 30 percent of American women will obtain one. And yet, as Slate’s Dana Stevens has observed, abortion has virtually disappeared as a subject from popular American film and television. Dramas featuring young women routinely use convenient miscarriages as plot devices to avoid having characters make realistic choices, while movies like Knocked Up and Juno follow all the hoops their main characters go through to make sure an unplanned pregnancy comes to fruition.

In this context, Gillian Robespierre’s new movie Obvious Child is welcome indeed.

The romantic comedy stars the gifted comic actor Jenny Slate as Donna Stern, a young comedian and employee in a failing bookstore. The movie begins with Slate performing her comedy routine, after which she is dumped (in a superbly written and acted scene) by her boyfriend in the dive club’s unisex, graffiti-saturated bathroom. Eking out a threadbare existence, she decides to obtain an abortion after an unintended pregnancy.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: abortion; abortioncomedy; childabuse; hollyweirdvalues; hookupculture; infanticide; moralabsolutes; waronchildren
Oh, this should be interesting. Abortion as the subject for a comedy movie.

And the article's claim that 30% of American women will have an abortion?

 

1 posted on 06/27/2014 9:31:46 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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2 posted on 06/27/2014 9:32:49 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Liberalism is a mental disorder.


3 posted on 06/27/2014 9:36:20 AM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '16)
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To: Responsibility2nd
The 30% figure is an utter lie. No surprise there from a progressive.

The bottom line is that, without Christ, those women who have butchered their babies will spend eternity in a particularly hot corner of Hell.

4 posted on 06/27/2014 9:37:29 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("Don't be afraid. Just believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: Responsibility2nd

There is nothing right about abortion. Ever.


5 posted on 06/27/2014 9:41:57 AM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Robespierre?

The name is appropriate at least


6 posted on 06/27/2014 9:43:54 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Article was written by a guy. Of course he supports abortion.


7 posted on 06/27/2014 9:45:11 AM PDT by chae (The Lannisters send their regards--Game of Thrones)
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To: Responsibility2nd

>>And the article’s claim that 30% of American women will have an abortion?

Probably just the number of abortions performed over a range of years divided by the number of women of fertile age during that same time period. They probably don’t even use the full range of fertile years in order to skew the statistic more.

They don’t want to point out that many women who have an abortion will have another and another until it becomes their preferred method of birth control or that a significant number of abortions are performed on women who can’t even buy a beer legally.


8 posted on 06/27/2014 9:45:39 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyranni)
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To: Dr. Thorne
Here's a stat from Operation Rescue, not exactly a pro-choice group.

• By age 45, one third of American women will have had at least one abortion.

http://www.operationrescue.org/about-abortion/abortions-in-america/

If you want to dispute this number, you need to post some evidence.

9 posted on 06/27/2014 9:46:40 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: Bryanw92

I bet they include miscarriages to inflate the “abortion” figure ....


10 posted on 06/27/2014 9:48:27 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Responsibility2nd
...while movies like Knocked Up and Juno follow all the hoops their main characters go through to make sure an unplanned pregnancy comes to fruition.

Hoops? Last I checked, a child is the end product of pregnancy and doesn't require a bunch of hoops to jump though. But then I'm not a "progressive" NeoCom that is delusional from cognitive dissonance.

11 posted on 06/27/2014 9:53:02 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Responsibility2nd
A person is a person, no matter how small.


12 posted on 06/27/2014 9:56:58 AM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Responsibility2nd
From your link:

At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by age 45, and at 2008 abortion rates, one in 10 women will have an abortion by age 20, one in four by age 30 and three in 10 by age 45.

The claim appears to be correct. Do not confuse the 4/10 pregnancies end in abortion with 3/10 women. Some women have more than one abortion.

13 posted on 06/27/2014 10:00:37 AM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: Responsibility2nd

That link says that three in ten women will have an abortion by age 45.


14 posted on 06/27/2014 10:02:21 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: Responsibility2nd

I worked with a woman in the mid 1970s who proudly bragged that she had
had six abortions, and that it was her preferred method of birth control.

We weren’t close after she told me that.


15 posted on 06/27/2014 10:19:21 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: chae

But I thought men were always forcing women (at the point of a gun) to do their will and fighting for control over women’s bodies? Isn’t that what we’re told?


16 posted on 06/27/2014 10:29:19 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: Dr. Thorne

Whoopi Goldberg claims to have had 6 or 7 (a deep concern each time she considered it but ultimately she can’t bother to recall how many times she’s had it done).

Certainly some women are making up for those women who DON’T get abortions.


17 posted on 06/27/2014 10:46:39 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Responsibility2nd

I don’t care how “funny” they think it is, can you imagine a 90-minute movie that revolves around the question of whether or not to have an abortion?


18 posted on 06/27/2014 10:55:11 AM PDT by cincinnati65
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

Yep,

But that isn’t the reality. Hasn’t been for a while (if it ever was).

That meme was just a way for women to excuse killing their children.


19 posted on 06/27/2014 11:02:08 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"The message is clear: Women should be able to experiment sexually without having to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term suffer the consequences of their actions."

That's what they really mean. Unfortunately for them, they are just incurring worse consequences for murdering that child, in the hereafter.

20 posted on 06/27/2014 11:18:59 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Responsibility2nd
"What Obvious Child (Movie) gets right about abortion"

The movie title needs to be changed to "Dead Child"

"The romantic comedy"

Wait til they come out with "Gosnell: The Musical". It'll be "charming".

21 posted on 06/27/2014 11:59:07 AM PDT by Pajamajan ( Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

Smart women know the majority of guys who support abortion want to have consequence free sex with sluts.


22 posted on 06/27/2014 12:19:23 PM PDT by chae (The Lannisters send their regards--Game of Thrones)
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To: Responsibility2nd; All

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Wonderful news! The last abortion clinic in Corpus Christi,
Texas shut down today!

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23 posted on 06/27/2014 3:07:39 PM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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