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7.06.2014

Obvious Child

Today I saw the comedy Obvious Child.  Yeah, um, was this a funny movie?  If you don't care that writer/director Gillian Robespierre made abortion out to be an innocuous procedure that barely effects the women who has it and improves her relationship with the man who impregnated her, with no mention of the unborn child, then yeah, it actually was pretty funny.  Actress Jenny Slate is (maybe slightly annoyingly) cute and funny as the main character, Donna, and her penchant for making fart and poop jokes (these were in fact so frequent that they became a theme throughout the movie) made her quirky and likable.  David Cross has a small role, and he's just so cool he can almost make anything good.

Once you take into consideration these gross superficialities, however, the movie becomes ridden with canards and sick.
 After Donna becomes pregnant after a one-night-stand with Max, both her good friend and her mother tell her that their abortions were quick and painless, and that they were dancing 24 hours later--including her mother, who had a 'back-alley' abortion on a kitchen counter in the 60s!  And her friend says that when she thinks about her abortion, she will at times become sad (only) for the teenage version of herself.  The Planned Parenthood worker was reasonable, encouraing Donna explore all options, and the post-abortion waiting room was pink, cute and rather pleasant.  It looked in fact like a bunch of women getting pedicures.  And the abortion created a foundation for the relationship between Donna and Max to flourish.

Let's talk about the reality.  Abortions are not quick and painless, neither physically nor psychologically.  A friend of mine with three children says her abortion was more painful than any of her childbirths.  And even women who believe they have made the right choice to terminate a pregnancy will mourn the child they lost, and need to heal from the experience.  Planned Parenthood is a business, that makes its primary income from abortion.  And so in the interest of succeeding financially, they steer women in the direction of having an abortion over their other options.  A friend of mine who had an abortion said that the post-waiting room was more like a sobbing room.  Not happy or pleasant at all.

And the romanticism of the abortion in Obvious Child.  This was really sick.  It took place on Valentines Day.  Max brought Donna flowers in the morning and accompanied her to the clinic.  They watched Gone With the Wind & snuggled later that day.  Given the circumstances of the main character--she has just lost her job and has had to cough up the $500 for the abortion--would she really be so thrilled with him?  I think that she would resent him at least enough to make her not want to be snuggling with him afterwards; or if she agrees to snuggle, then she's the type of pathetic, clingy woman who wants to have a man regardless of how he's treated her, and not the buoyant, fun character Donna's painted to be.

Clearly then, 'Obvious Child" would be more appropriately named "A Planned Parenthood Propaganda Film."  The Planned Parenthood office was ridden with baby art and photos of babies and happy parents.  While on a date, Max comments to Donna that he wants to be a grandfather someday, and observes an adorably doting elderly couple in the restaurant.  A classic Planned Parenthood message; people who have abortions are being responsible and loving, and holding out for that wholesome, wonderful, long-lasting spouse, and an environment where a child can be nurtured and loved.

After movies like Juno and Bella that sent a more pro-life message, it's disconcerting to see the MSM communicating such an implicit pro-choice message.  It would behoove us all to watch the documentaries Blood Money and Maafa 21, which cover the reality of the abortion industry, including gruesome details of an abortion procedure, the pain-filled testimonies of women who've had abortions, and the underlying agenda behing Planned Parenthood.  It is not a place to help women, but in fact has an overt eugenics agenda.


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