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  •  There was also the movie "Teachers" w/Nick Nolte (11+ / 0-)

    Underrated--not a great film, but underrated. One of the characters is a high school student played by a young Laura Dern; she gets pregnant by the gym teacher and is taken to get an abortion by Nolte's teacher character (along with an oddly-effective Ralph Maccio).

    Nolte's character gets in deep shit for helping a student get an abortion (without the parents' knowledge, etc etc).

    •  Then there's the other Laura Dern movie (8+ / 0-)

      Citizen Ruth, which is a pretty withering satire of the abortion debate.  I believe she has an abortion in the end.  

      •  Glad you mentioned Citizen Ruth, a very funny/sad (9+ / 0-)

        movie. "Ruth" inhales paint thinner etc. to get high and is repeatedly pregnant without any possibility of caring for a child. Ruth's family have taken in a couple of her discarded new-born babies but are unwilling to continue down that road.

        Ruth's latest situation (the third pregnancy, I think) becomes a contest between local groups.  The "pro-lifers" want her as a poster girl and convert, and offer her a bribe to continue her pregnancy.  Burt Reynolds is wonderful as a militant anti- choice leader (think "Operation Rescue") who is making a nice tax-free living on his organization.  Reynold's character mirrors an actual anti-choice leader whose treatment of his adopted son later became a scandal.

        IMO, the hero of the story is a motorcycle guy who offers Ruth the same amount of money the "pro-lifers" offer without any strings--whatever she wants to do.  

        But all Ruth wants is to get away from all the people interested in her and continue her addiction and damn the consequences.

        The right of the women of this State to be secure in their persons against unreasonable searches shall not be violated by the State legislature.

        by Mayfly on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 06:23:45 PM PST

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