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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 September 2014

Film review

Obvious Child

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.

Helen Pattison

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In The Socialist 24 September 2014:


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Climate change: Summit for nothing

Academies lead to nepotism and profit making

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Scottish referendum

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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

Obvious Child

Skylight

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