Charlie confesses to having considered abortion several times after learning she was pregnant…
from Stephen Farber’s article at The Daily Beast:
Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg, starring Ben Stiller as a 40-year-old malcontent, has received many enthusiastic reviews praising its acute characterizations and evocative rendition of Southern California anomie. But almost no one has called attention to one of the most startling things about the movie: its matter-of-fact, nonjudgmental depiction of abortion. (You should stop reading here if you do not want parts of Greenberg to be spoiled.) In the film, Greta Gerwig plays a twentysomething personal assistant who begins a desultory romance with Stiller’s Greenberg. When she learns that she is pregnant as a result of a relationship that ended more than a month earlier, she decides to go to the hospital for an abortion, and she returns home without experiencing much pain or guilt.
Greenberg hasn’t yet provoked much controversy—partly because the abortion is downplayed in the movie. Gerwig’s Florence tells Greenberg that she is going to the hospital for “a D and C” (the word “abortion” is never used), but it’s perfectly clear that she is terminating the pregnancy. In addition, the film hasn’t stirred an outcry because it’s so far showing only in major cities where critics may be more blasé (or more out-of-touch) than moviegoers in the heartland.
3. The Yellow Handkerchief:
A wife tells her husband that she had an abortion and he is shocked.
‘MacGruber’: SNL’s Latest Makes Light of Abortion
by Darin Miller at Big Hollywood:
If you watched the preview you’ve already seen some of the most intelligent humor in the film, and the least offensive. After a few minutes of light humor surrounding MacGruber’s impressive military accomplishments, the film dives into a manure heap of male nudity, jokes on homosexuality and sex noises and even a light reference to abortion on demand.
The opening credits roll to an orchestrated version of MacGruber’s SNL theme song, complete with an added line: “We made a f—ing movie—MacGruber!” That sums up the film. Everyone involved knew just how ridiculous the film idea was—much like “Snakes on a Plane,” though far less enjoyable—and made the film as extreme as possible. Unfortunately this rarely involved humor other than naked men (there’s a lot of MacGruber’s butt, with a celery stalk occasionally wiggling from it—which he later eats), jokes about going to the bathroom (which can be tolerated in moderation, but this film does not deal in moderation) and—I believe most perverse—an easy conversation making light of an abortion.
MacGruber is telling the story of why Cunth hates him. They used to be friends, but then, while Cunth was engaged to Casey, MacGruber and Casey started having an affair. They fell in love. Casey was pregnant with Cunth’s baby, but MacGruber asked her to “terminate the pregnancy. Which she did,” he says nonchalantly. This conversation is sandwiched in between a conversation about going to the bathroom and a joke about eating food out of people’s butts on one end, and a comic action sequence on the other, and is in no way meant to be a serious moment.
Even pro-abortionists, like Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir, see abortion as a significant decision. Writing of television advertisements on abortion in England, easily more serious than the MacGruber reference, she says, “It is the throwaway nonchalance that so offends; as if an abortion was just another lifestyle choice to be pondered over in … commercial breaks…” Or for MacGruber, as if abortion was on the level with, say, going to the bathroom.
check out all of the other documented movies featuring abortion and/or Life issues…