Abortion: the “shmashmortion” of 2008?

In a tiny bit of synergy, I read this excellent piece by Katha Pollitt only an hour after sitting at my ob-gyn's office next to a pregnant teen gabbing on a hot-pink cellphone. In other news, all the abortion discussion that was nowhere to be found in 2007's trifecta of unplanned-pregnancy films seems to be happening in international films, including 2006's Blame It On Fidel, which is slowly making the rounds of U.S. art houses, and the Romanian film 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days — which took the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival — has its U.S. release this month. I was as charmed by Juno and its talk of pie-scented junk as anyone, but if film characters are going to continue to stand in for real women and their real decisions this year, I'd like to see some balance.

by Andi Zeisler
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Andi Zeisler is the cofounder of Bitch Media and the author of We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement. You can find her on Twitter.

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