USA – Shock, Gore, and More: ‘Unplanned’ Recycles Timeworn Tropes of Anti-Choice Films

Shock, Gore, and More: ‘Unplanned’ Recycles Timeworn Tropes of Anti-Choice Films
Anti-abortion films spread misinformation and build a world that is distinctly white, Christian, and conservative.

Apr 5, 2019
Steph Herold & Gretchen Sisson

The anti-abortion film Unplanned quietly snuck into fourth place at the box office last weekend, grossing more than $6 million and drawing claims that it will be anti-abortion advocates’ Schindler’s List: “We are the hope, and this movie is our battle cry,” said one.

Unplanned is based on the memoir of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned anti-abortion activist. Johnson claims she had a change of heart after witnessing an ultrasound-guided abortion and abruptly quit her job; others have consistently challenged Johnson’s account of events. Regardless, the movie takes Johnson’s conversion as true, holding her up as the relatable, redemptive heroine.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2019/04/05/shock-gore-and-more-unplanned/

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Midwife Means “With Woman”: ‘Call the Midwife’ and the History of Abortion in England

Midwife Means "With Woman": 'Call the Midwife' and the History of Abortion in England

4/4/2019
in History, by Janet Mullany

It’s 1964 and things are changing in Poplar on Call the Midwife.

A dad actually asks to be at the, ah, interesting end of his child’s birth and is firmly put in his place, and more women want to give birth in hospitals. Hemlines are rising as Britain becomes a fashion powerhouse. Yet some things just don’t change. As now, an obsession with royal births rules (and if you really want to know, apparently bets are now at 1:2 that Meghan and Harry’s baby will be a girl, with the top name predicted to be Diana. Yes, British bookies do big business during royal pregnancies). And sadly, not every birth is joyfully anticipated, and many women, particularly poor women in an area like Poplar, have few options for help.

Continued: https://blogs.weta.org/tellyvisions/2019/04/04/midwife-means-woman-call-midwife-and-history-abortion-england

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Impossible to possible-abortion provision in Ireland | Dr Mary Favier

Impossible to possible-abortion provision in Ireland | Dr Mary Favier

April 3, 2019

In this 17-minute video, Dr Mary Favier, Cork based GP and founding member of Doctors For Choice, describes how she campaigned for many years to remove the Eighth Amendment as it was harmful to Irish women's health. Dr Favier takes us on a moving journey from Ireland’s past, present, and future showcasing the devastating struggles Irish women have faced in relation to abortions in Ireland in the past and the hope which we live in now as a result of the successful repeal of the eight amendment.

Dr Mary Favier is a specialist in family medicine and is in practice in Cork city. She is a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She is a guest teacher on the UCC post graduate general practitioner training scheme. She has been Chair of Education in the ICGP and is currently president elect of the ICGP. She advocated improving clinical care by introducing early medical abortion provision in a primary care setting in Ireland.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Continued: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5x3lG89ypU&app=desktop&fbclid=IwAR1X5DpcJu_pB2X9n65rWK8cGGQO5YbLA8u_e7yn2d7aC_zD4YWVm4sLEqk

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USA – The unsentimental abortion scene in ‘Shrill’ isn’t groundbreaking. Here’s why that’s a big deal.

The unsentimental abortion scene in ‘Shrill’ isn’t groundbreaking. Here’s why that’s a big deal.

By Bethonie Butler
March 19, 2019

About 20 minutes into the pilot episode of Hulu’s “Shrill,” the millennial writer at the center of the story has an abortion.

Annie, played by Aidy Bryant of “Saturday Night Live” fame, doesn’t dwell on her decision to terminate her pregnancy. And after a roughly two-minute scene that shows Annie undergoing the procedure with her best friend at her side for support, she barely mentions it again — save for a few passing references and one awkward encounter with her boyfriend’s mother that’s played for laughs.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/03/19/unsentimental-abortion-scene-shrill-isnt-groundbreaking-heres-why-thats-big-deal/

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UK – Call The Midwife viewers in tears as finale deals with illegal abortion story

Call The Midwife viewers in tears as finale deals with illegal abortion story
The series has raised awareness of the issue of backstreet abortions.

By Julia Hunt, Press Association Entertainment Correspondent
March 3 2019

Call The Midwife’s eighth series came to an end with a tear-jerking close to the illegal abortion storyline.

The latest series of the BBC drama about midwives in the East End in the 1960s has shone a light on the issue.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/ca/entertainment/call-the-midwife-viewers-in-tears-as-finale-deals-with-illegal-abortion-story-37874326.html

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BBC drops ban on giving abortion advice after Call the Midwife row

BBC drops ban on giving abortion advice after Call the Midwife row

Caroline Wheeler and Nicholas Hellen
February 17 2019

The BBC has bowed to pressure to provide viewers with information about abortion after two ministers intervened in a row sparked by an episode of the drama series Call the Midwife.

Penny Mordaunt, the women and equalities minister, and Jackie Doyle-Price, a health minister, wrote to the BBC to complain about its initial refusal to provide information about terminations after the February 3 episode in which a character died after a backstreet abortion.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/bbc-drops-ban-on-giving-abortion-advice-after-call-the-midwife-row-hv9d5zd73

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The BBC should treat abortion as a healthcare procedure, not just a plot point for Call the Midwife

The BBC should treat abortion as a healthcare procedure, not just a plot point for Call the Midwife
The BBC, rightly, has links on its website to advice from organisations like Stonewall, Mind and Beat. So why did it refuse to link to abortion advice?

15 February 2019
By Glosswitch, BBC

As the saying goes, you can’t be a little bit pregnant: you’re either gestating a new life at enormous cost and potential risk to your physical and mental wellbeing, or you’re not. As far as this experience goes, there is no middle ground.

Similarly, you’re either in favour of women being forced to remain pregnant against their will, or you’re not. The alternative to safe, legal abortion is not the absence of abortion; it’s the torture of compulsory gestation, or it’s illegal, unsafe abortion. There is no neutral option, no world in which unwanted pregnancies must neither continue nor end.

Continued: https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/health/2019/02/bbc-should-treat-abortion-healthcare-procedure-not-just-plot-point-call

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UK – Call the Midwife star Jennifer Kirby reveals abortion storyline will continue in future episodes

Call the Midwife star Jennifer Kirby reveals abortion storyline will continue in future episodes
[This series is on Netflix]

By Eleanor Bley Griffiths
Monday, 14th January 2019

“When you’re there and you’re filming the scenes, it’s always more shocking than you’d think,” says Jennifer Kirby.

She’s talking about the first episode of Call the Midwife series eight, where her character Nurse Valerie Dyer decides to help a desperate woman miscarrying after a backstreet abortion. “I don’t care how this has come about, I’m going to help you, do you hear me?” she says.

Continued: https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2019-01-14/call-the-midwife-jennifer-kirby-abortion-storyline/

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UK – Call The Midwife to focus on abortion after drama faced criticism over pre-watershed termination

Call The Midwife to focus on abortion after drama faced criticism over pre-watershed termination

Laura FitzPatrick
12 January 2019

The new series of Call The Midwife will focus on abortion after it sparked complaints by showing an illegal termination before the watershed.

Executive producer Dame Pippa Harris revealed abortion will be a central theme throughout the eighth installment of the period drama, which follows a group of nurses in London's East End, when it returns to BBC One on Sunday.

Continued: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/12/call-midwife-focus-abortion-drama-faced-criticism-pre-watershed/

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Abortion is Illegal in Lebanon, But That Hasn’t Stopped Abortions

Abortion is Illegal in Lebanon, But That Hasn't Stopped Abortions.
The global pushback against abortion rights won't end them. They've always been necessary, and always will.

by Ghadi Ghosn and Virginie Le Borgne
Jan 8, 2019

Continued: https://thenib.com/abortion-in-lebanon

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