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.


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