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Pro-choicer: Hollywood abortion portrayal hasn’t changed enough

by Carder

Road to RuinHollywood has long been reluctant to offer realistic depictions of what itís like to end a pregnancy, despite the fact that roughly 1 in 3 American women will have an abortion before age 45. When it does summon the courage to address the issue at all, Tinseltown has too often distorted the facts or reverted to misogynist stereotypes ó like the helpless damsel or the hysterical mistress.

Thatís not to say we havenít made progress since 1928ís Road to Ruin, one of the first films to include an abortion storyline. In that film, a teenager gets an abortion and subsequently, as a form of cosmic punishment, is mysteriously burned alive in bed.

~ Dionne Scott introducing the “Best & Worst Depictions Of Abortion In TV & Film”, Refinery 29, April 22

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