Disclaimer: To anyone who is planning on seeing October Baby, this post does contain spoilers.
That's right. I paid money to see October Baby. That's four dollars and fifty cents I wont get back, but I am thankful for Tuesday matinees at the local theater. Too bad I wasted the 107 minutes...
One review I read described October Baby as "a 90 minute Pro-Life commercial," and I'd have to agree. The acting was good. It was a cute story, that is, if you like VERY loosely based 'true' stories. The thing is, people go in to the theater. They pay their money and sit through 107 minutes of this movie. They come pouring out of the viewing room with their friends and/or family gushing about the story.
"October Baby was soo sad."
"October Baby was touching."
"October Baby was IS a true story, ya know?"
If they are uneducated, the movie might make a formerly pro-choice person think that they are now anti-choice.
October Baby is about 19 year old, asthmatic, epileptic, college freshman, Hannah. Hannah is suicidal and feels unwanted. Her adoptive mother reads her journal and shows it to the adoptive father. He shows it to her doctor who decides to conference them and tell Hannah the truth about her birth. She finds out that she was adopted after her birth mother had a failed abortion. She goes out searching for her birth mother and learns that she had a twin brother, Jonathan, who was missing an arm from the failed abortion attempt and died shortly after being adopted by Hannah's parents. She finally finds her birth mother, who has become a successful lawyer and started a family now that shes ready. She also still doesn't want Hannah. Oh, yeah, there is also this little side love story about Hannah and her best friend, Jason. They all live happily ever after. Blah, blah, blah...
October Baby was loosely based off of the 'true story' of Gianna Jessen. Gianna Jessen was born April 6, 1977 in Los Angeles, California with cerebral palsy, a non-progressive, non-contagious motor condition that affects various areas of body movement. She was adopted at the age of four after living in foster care since infancy. Jessen was born in the 30th week of pregnancy to a 17 year old girl during a failed saline abortion attempt.
Now, let's examine some of the difference between the two.
October Baby suffers: Epilepsy, Depression and Asthma
Gianna Jessen suffers: Cerebral Palsy
October Baby found out she was adopted when she was 19.
Gianna Jessen found out she was adopted when she was 14.
October Baby was born after her mother had a failed abortion at 20 weeks.
Gianna Jessen was born after her mother had a failed abortion at 30 weeks.
October Baby's mother was carrying twins.
Gianna Jessen was a single birth.
The type of abortion described in October Baby is known as a Late Term or Partial Birth Abortion.
The type of abortion described by Gianna Jessen is a Saline Abortion.
October Baby was adopted almost immediately after birth.
Gianna Jessen was bounced around in foster care for four years before she was adopted.
Here are some facts about abortion taken directly from the same source as the ones used in October Baby:
SOURCE: The Alan Guttmacher Institute
I could use this opportunity to point out several facts not mentioned above about late term abortions and why they are necessary, but that's not the point. The point is that many, many women have abortions legally. (We wont even get into the fact that some women are still having illegal abortions because they can't afford a legal one.) 1 in 4 women have had an abortion.
Does anyone not realize the impact of that statement? Let's reexamine it. ONE in EVERY FOUR women HAVE HAD an abortion. Take your mother, sister, grandmother and your aunt. Put them all in the same room, and remember that at least one if not more, have most likely had a legal abortion. Consider your teacher, cousin, best friend, daughter. Apply the same concept. Think of any four females you want and realize that one of them has probably had an abortion. Every single time you can count four girls, know that one of them has most likely had an abortion.
Now, think about what would happen to these women that you love if abortions would have been illegal. They would most likely be dead from a botched, back alley, med school drop out, coat hanger abortion. These are women you love, and without legal abortions, would most likely be DEAD.
Women are strong. We are responsible. We are intelligent. I personally do not want religion or government deciding what independent women can do with their bodies. October Baby is literally a slap in the face to all women. There are so many pro-choice variations of this scenario that I don't want to fill up the minimal space I have here, but the point is that you never know when you might be in an situation where you'll need to seek out an abortion. For someone to make a film reinforcing the idea that women shouldn't have that choice is outrageous.