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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Reviewing October Baby

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:

  • 22 percent of pregnancies in the United States end in abortion
  • 40 percent of unintended pregnancies end in abortion
  • 18 percent of women having an abortion in the United States are teenagers
  • More than half of U.S. abortions are performed on women in their 20s
  • In the United States, 1.21 million abortions are performed annually
  • Since 1973, the year that the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized abortion, about 50 million abortions have been performed in the United States
  • Of abortion providers in the U.S.:
    • 95 percent offer abortions from eight weeks after the first missed menstrual period
    • 64 percent offer second-trimester abortions (abortions after 13 weeks)
    • 23 percent offer abortions at 20 weeks
    • 11 percent offer abortions at 24 weeks
  • The number of abortions has trended down over the past 20 years:
    • In 1973, there were 16.3 abortions per 1,000 U.S. women age 15 to 44
    • The number peaked in 1983 at 29.3 abortions per 1,000 women
    • In 2008, the number is 19.6 per 1,000 women
  • Total abortions are down as well:
    • In 2000, there were 1.31 million U.S abortions.
    • In 2008, there were 1.21 million U.S. abortions
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.

2 comments:

  1. 1 in 4...............powerful statistic.

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  2. Truly a sad statistic. A woman can have control over her body, but when she chooses to allow a new life to begin inside of that body, this changes the whole picture. Instead of focusing on these women who might be dead because of a back room abortion, why do you not focus on the many lives that would be in existence because a woman chose not to murder them? How many couples who cannot have children and would love to have adopted could have welcomed these children into loving homes, but we instead kill them and throw them out with the trash....Humans...not tissue. It is sad that in a society where so many ways of preventing pregnancy are readily available, we choose instead to kill a baby rather than prevent. We pride ourselves on sex education and informing these poor girls about condoms. Yet, we murder over a million human beings every year because we are too lazy to prevent. Does the baby have any rights? Did it ask you to have sex without a contraceptive? Did it ask you to conceive? NO, it did not. It had no choice; you did. You chose to be careless, and your solution is to let this innocent baby take the punishment for your decisions. I wish everyone that keeps a blog like this would watch an abortion. Let them see a sonogram as its shows the baby in pain, suffering as it is slowly murdered. Then, look in the trash and see the arms and legs and see the tiny bodies of these babies and then try to tell yourself they are just a mass of tissue. Every woman was once a baby within their own mom's body. But, the difference is, their mom believed they were a life, precious and worth giving life to. Today's woman just want to sweep these babies out of their lives like they are nothing but trash. Although my mother did not want me, I sure am glad she at least did not kill me.

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