By: Kristin at PPAC
I am so excited about the opening of Obvious Child – it has been hailed as a refreshingly real and hilarious story about one woman navigating life and dating—including her decision to have an abortion. Watch the trailer! Did you know that Planned Parenthood Federation of America consulted heavily on the film over the last couple of years, and key scenes were even filmed at a Planned Parenthood health center in New York?
Growing up in the 80s and 90s it is hard to remember any movies that included abortion in a real way. This summer Obvious Child takes an important step in helping eliminate the stigma surrounding decisions about a woman’s pregnancy and helping people have honest conversations with their family and friends about abortion. Read more thoughts about the movie in this Pop Sugar piece.
I love this quote from Cecile Richards (President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America): “One film won’t change how women are viewed by society and the entertainment industry, but it can help challenge stigma and change the conversation. A woman’s decision about her pregnancy should be respected and valued, and a film as refreshingly real as this one should be celebrated.” Yes and ditto - especially that each woman’s decision about a pregnancy should be respected and valued. I want to live in a world always moving closer to kindness, respect, and dignity for everyone, and I think this movie and the valuable dialogue it opens are a piece of that puzzle in moving closer to that goal.
Not only is this movie worth watching for its fresh take on abortion, it is incredibly entertaining, garnering an 82% right now on Rotten Tomatoes! Are you going to go see it after it opens in late June? I know I am!
Kristin at PPAC