For your daily laugh that NPR calls their evening newscast All Things Considered, on Saturday night they celebrated the new pro-abortion movie Call Jane with actress Elizabeth Banks. Over eight and a half minutes, NPR host Michel Martin had no difficult or challenging questions, just facilitations.
Martin asked "How did this project come about and what attracted you to it?" And: "Do you have somebody in mind that you hope will see this film? And what are you hoping people will take away from it?"
But the starkest answer came when Martin asked about making the movie just before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade: "I just wonder, did that inform the atmosphere in any way in making this film, the fact that this was actually, you know, it started out being history, and then it became news?"
BANKS: ...with Dobbs, it's created more chaos in this space. It's created more desperate women. And it's created more danger. And I think that was the reminder for me. This pre-Roe, you know, illicit back-alley abortion situation was simply dangerous for women and put women's lives at risk.
And abortion is sort of our society's insurance policy that, for all the sex that we all have that is not intended to make babies -- and I don't know about you, but most of the sex I've had in my life was not intended to make babies. And the idea that we are going to force birth and forced pregnancy on people, it's unconscionable to me and feels so un-American. So I just feel like that was the reminder in the movie. It's like you're putting women's lives at risk with these abortion bans.
Banks added "If you want fewer abortions, you should give us sex education and contraception." As if our public schools don't offer sex education? As if contraception is hard to find?
The actress wanted to underline again that "abortion health care" isn't dangerous, completely overlooking the human that is murdered. Banks thought casual sex can be followed by casual abortion: "it was just making sure that we presented abortion in its reality, which is 10 minutes later, you're, you know, she was eating spaghetti." No guilt, just pasta.
In 2019, NPR belatedly noticed the pro-life movie Unplanned -- about Planned Parenthood clinic operator Abby Johnson converting to the pro-life cause -- and how pro-lifers complained Twitter was curtailing its promotion. NPR sought to underline it wasn't nice to Planned Parenthood, and insuring Planned Parenthood got a rebuttal. The stars of the movie was not interviewed.
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