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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sarah's October Project

(Yes, that was the best title I could come up with.)

So, I have been hearing about all this October Baby movie.  It's a movie about a girl who's mother tried to abort her, but she survived the abortion.  From what I understand, it's very pro-life.  I have not viewed the movie myself, but I fear for the day that it's released to DVD.  I have this feeling that it will be shown in health and other high school and middle school classes.  I don't feel these types of movies should be shown in school, and in the event that a pro-life movie is shown in school, a pro-choice movie should also be shown.

This has been my experience with Pro-Life movies played in a classroom:

When I was a senior in High School, a teacher decided to show Sarah's Choice in class.  It's a religious pro-life movie.  It portrays abortion as wrong for both moral and religious reasons.  I was pretty mortified the whole time the movie was playing.  It insinuated that if you had an abortion for any reason that you would go on to lead a miserable life and die alone, but if you chose to carry the fetus to term, you would have a wonderful life with tons of friends and a spouse.  A "God will provide" type thing.  It was literally abortion meets A Christmas Carol.  All I could think about for the duration of the film was that there was probably a student in the class that had an abortion.  I wondered how I would feel if I was in her shoes.  I would have felt awful and probably guilty.  That's the way the movie wanted to make its viewers feel.  I personally don't think having an abortion is something to feel guilty about.  I realize it's a very emotional process, but you should not have to feel guilty or ashamed of making the decision.  I continued viewing this movie knowing that someone in the room was probably beating themselves up over a decision.  It actually pissed me off, to be perfectly honest.

We then had an assignment to write a page long review of the movie.  My review included my feelings on the movie.  I included that I didn't think it was an appropriate film to show in class.  It hadn't done abortion justice.  It showed it all in a negative light.  It didn't portray the parts of abortion that was medically necessary or how sometimes abortion really is the best decision.  It's a personal matter, and each person is different.  We only got to see one side of a story.  Where's the movie about the girl that got raped by a relative at twelve?  I'm sure she doesn't regret her abortion.  How about the girl who had sex in high school and the condom broke and the pharmacy refused to sell her the Plan B/Morning After pill?  You know, the one where she had an abortion to terminate the unwanted pregnancy because she was ill-equipped to raise a child.  She went on to finish high school and law school where she was very successful.  The one that ended with her being financially stable and having a wonderful happy family.  Where is that movie?  Can we watch it next?

I personally feel that The Coat Hanger Project should be shown after any pro-life movie.  It's only fair.  Why are we as women never taught about the period of time before Roe v. Wade (1973)?  We are never taught about the horrors of women being found after bleeding to death in a gas station rest room from an illegal abortion?  I personally have a great-great aunt who died from a back-alley, coat hanger abortion, but you never hear of such topics being discussed in class.  You don't see it in the history books either.  WHY?  Shouldn't we educate people about all aspects of the topic?

Why do we allow this very real time be swept under the rug like it never existed?


  1. You had to watch Sarah's Choice in a private school right?

    1. Nope. I've never had the luxury (or punishment in some cases) to go to a private school. It was a public school.

  2. Wow.........that's messed up big time. I may have to donate a copy of The Coat Hanger Project to the local school. I need to be sure that they have a choice perspective to share with their students.

  3. In all honesty, I don't think that even in a private school it would be appropriate to show one perspective and not the other.

  4. True, sadly the law allows for private schools to dilutes children on many issues.