Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Obvious Child

I have girlcrushes. One is Heather Morris, who plays Brittany on Glee ("I took all my antibiotics at once, and now I can't remember how to leave").  Another is Jenny Slate.  I first noticed her on Saturday Night Live doing these weirdly hilarious commercials for doorbells and alarm clocks and whatnot.  Then came Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, which is something you just have to watch, fer serious.

so cute, she gets a pass on wearing an ice skating costume in public

My girlcrush was cemented when I saw Obvious Child,  "a romantic comedy about an unplanned pregnancy, an abortion, and a great first date in an unlikely location."  It's a 20 minute short film that made my day in about 15 different ways.  Here it is for your enjoymatude:

Well, I'm accustomed to a smooth ride...

This film shows that abortion is hardly something to look forward to, but that it's usually, frankly, kind of a good thing.  I mean, no woman WANTS to have an abortion, no matter what the people standing in front of abortion providers with gory signs and sanctimonious attitudes say.  Most women who terminate pregnancy are doing it because they think they're doing what's best for what would eventually become their children, namely, not bringing them into the world until they'd have parents ready to properly care for them.

It's not always a hard decision to make, but getting an abortion is always a hard thing to go through.  I think Obvious Child illustrates how it can be made a whole lot easier if a woman has open support and help from people that love her.  And also pads with wings.

And let me just say that until every anti-abortion protester is actively supporting comprehensive sex education in schools and/or fostering unwanted children, I wish they would just zip it already.


  1. Oooh, there was a terrible thing on Rachel Maddow's show last night about the state attorney general (I think?) keeping medical records - that they got from comparing hotel records to medical records with names redacted- from women who got abortions in his GARAGE. :( I wish they would just leave ladies who have abortions alone.

  2. I agree - it's exactly 3 people's business who gets an abortion: the woman, the would-be father, and the abortion provider. Everyone else should butt the hizz out.

    And can I also say how much I hate the term "pro-life"? I prefer to call it being "anti-choice". Because I'm sorry, I am not anti-LIFE because I believe that women have the right to terminate their pregnancies.