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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 September 2014
Obvious child, described as an "abortion rom-com", is ground-breaking cinema not because of special effects, but because it's a realistic portrayal of a woman deciding on and getting an abortion.
A film discussing a procedure that one in three women will have in their lifetime is too much for many cinemas apparently - only three cinemas across London are showing Obvious Child.
Compare Obvious Child's character deciding to have an abortion to Knocked Up, where the characters refuse to even say the word "abortion" as it's too horrible to contemplate or Juno, where there is a pro-life protester outside the dark, cold clinic. Obvious Child's producers asked Planned Parenthood for advice to make the scenes realistic.
In the last century only 300 abortion stories have been seen on film and TV. Of characters who obtain abortions, a huge 9% are killed off in the show.
Obvious Child is a funny movie about a 20-something comedian making her way in the world. But it's unmissable because it depicts a part of life that many women are told they should be ashamed to discuss.
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In The Socialist 24 September 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
We need £10 an hour now!
Labour to continue austerity offensive
Climate change: Summit for nothing
Academies lead to nepotism and profit making
Them & Us
1.6 million vote Yes in revolt against austerity
After Scotland revolt: all capitalist parties in crisis
Scotland Poll: Electric mood among YES supporters
International socialist news and analysis
Millions on streets for Catalan independence
Sweden: Conservatives collapse, extreme-right gains
Socialist Party workplace news
United strike action can win
NHS workers vote to strike
College lecturers join 14 October strike
Care UK: 'We'll fight them all the way'
Croydon leisure centre strike for decent wages
West Midlands fire engine cuts
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Tenants threatened by 'feudal lord'
Global day of eco action
Round up: Socialist Students at the freshers fairs
Socialist Party comments and reviews
The struggle for decent social care - a personal account
Tony Benn: Will and testament
Front row fury
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