Eine Liste mit – teils schon etwas älteren – Filmen, in denen Abtreibung nicht als etwas Schreckliches und Einsames dargestellt wird:
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
This ‘80s classic follows several high school students as they experience sex, dating, and drugs. But there’s also a very sweet storyline about supporting a young woman who’s seeking an abortion. When Stacy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) wants to get an abortion, she finds a surprising source of support in her older brother (Judge Reinhold). When the guy responsible for the pregnancy is a no-show for her ride to the clinic, Stacy lies to her brother Brad, saying she needs a ride to the bowling alley across the street from the clinic. When Brad sees through her lie, he becomes an unexpected confidante for his younger sister and shows her she doesn’t have to deal with her abortion all on her own. Awwww.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
If the last time you watched Dirty Dancing was when you were 10, maybe you didn’t realize it was about an abortion. Go back and watch it again. The whole movie is about an abortion! How can Penny (Cynthia Rhodes) pay for her abortion? How can she get off work for her abortion? How can her friends ensure that she’s safe after the abortion goes wrong? These questions prompt Baby (Jennifer Grey) to be confrontational, find courage, learn the mambo, fall for Johnny (Patrick Swayze), risk her relationship with her father (Jerry Orbach), and stand up for herself. Baby grows up because, without question or hesitation, she understands that Penny needs to get this abortion. That’s a good friend.
Cider House Rules (1999)
Cider House Rules’ plot revolves around the problems created by the lack of safe, legal abortion. Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire) is an apprentice to Dr. Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine), an obstetrician who runs an orphanage, labor, and delivery center for unmarried women and provides illegal abortions in 1943. The film portrays several abortions, including that of Candy (Charlize Theron) and her boyfriend Wally (Paul Rudd), who is home from the war. Wally is shown as being supportive of Candy’s decision to have an abortion and caring for her on their road trip home while she recovers from the procedure. Later in the film, another character is pregnant due to sexual abuse at the hand of her father. In a touching moment, Candy discloses her abortion to this woman and lets her know that she supports whatever decision she chooses. The film depicts powerful compassionate support in a myriad of abortion situations, two women connecting over their abortion experiences, and the importance of physicians laying aside their personal politics to provide patients the care they need.
This movie is not about good people. Nearly every character in this movie is a horrible person. They’re dysfunctional, they make fat jokes, they’re petty and jealous and selfish and disloyal. Yet, somehow, they are good friends to each other in their own way: like when it’s revealed that Becky (Rebel Wilson) covered up Regan’s (Kirsten Dunst) bulimia for her in high school; or when Regan helps Katie (Isla Fisher) vomit up the Xanax she’s overdosed on; or when the terrible trio of Regan, Katie, and Gena (Lizzy Caplan) travel through New York City for an entire night trying to repair Becky’s wedding gown. (True, they were responsible for ruining the wedding gown by ripping it, bleeding on it, and having a stripper use it as toilet paper, but still.) When Regan lets it slip that she drove Gena to her abortion years before, Katie isn’t having it: “You guys had an abortion without me?!” Even when your friends are awful people, you still stick together and support each other when one of you needs an abortion. Look for the connection to Fast Times at Ridgemont High when Gena confronts Clyde (Adam Scott) on the subway!
Obvious Child (2014)
Obviously this list wouldn’t be complete without Obvious Child, the first real rom-com to include abortion as a storyline. Donna (Jenny Slate) gets dumped, sad, drunk, laid, and pregnant, in that order, and then schedules her abortion for Valentine’s Day. As a comedian, Donna processes her experience through humor, which she shares with her best friend (Gaby Hoffmann) and her mother (Polly Draper)—both of whom have also had abortions. Her relationship with impregnator Max (Jake Lacy) stumbles along, and Donna feels some sadness around the whole situation—her life is not panning out as smoothly as she’d hoped. But even at the times when she’s nervous about disappointing everyone, Donna’s friends and mom are understanding.
Like Dirty Dancing, Grandma starts out with this question: How can we pay for this abortion? However, 18-year-old Sage (Julia Garner) doesn’t have Baby in her corner, so instead she turns to Elle (Lily Tomlin), her sardonic newly single lesbian poet grandmother. Since Elle has recently cut up her credit cards, the pair have to embark on a road trip of sorts to find the money. Along the way, Elle threatens, tempts, flirts, and calls in favors to come up with the money Sage needs. Eventually, they must turn to Elle’s daugher (Sage’s mother) for help, and the three generations of women come together to find a solution. When Sage and Elle arrive at the clinic, watch for the implied reference to Juno, and Elle’s biting (and accurate!) response to an anti-abortion protestor.