Planned Parenthood, an organization that prides itself on killing children, is not happy with director Andrew Dominik’s new Netflix film, Blonde, that tells the story of Marilyn Monroe.
In the film, there is a scene where Monroe has an imaginary conversation with her unborn child that asks her, “You won’t hurt me this time will you? Not do what you did last time?”
Monroe responds, “I didn’t. I didn’t mean to.” Her child responds, “Yes, you meant to. It was your decision.” Monroe then replies, “You’re not the same baby. You’re this baby.” The baby then responds, “That was me. It’s always me.” Monroe then says, “He loves us. He would die for us. He said so.”
Here’s that scene of the cgi fetus trying to talk Marilyn Monroe out getting a second “abortion” from the movie Blonde for anyone who couldn’t view the clip. pic.twitter.com/zbJuAaSpDM
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Planned Parenthood was not happy about this scene and the organization’s National Director of Arts and Entertainment Engagement Carey Spurch described the film as anti-abortion propaganda in a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter.
Spurch began, “As film and TV shapes many people’s understanding of sexual and reproductive health, it’s critical these depictions accurately portray women’s real decisions and experiences.”
She then lied, “While abortion is safe, essential health care, anti-abortion zealots have long contributed to abortion stigma by using medically inaccurate descriptions of fetuses and pregnancy. Andrew Dominik’s new film, Blonde, bolsters their message with a CGI-talking fetus, depicted to look like a fully formed baby.”
Spurch didn’t stop there. She continued, “Planned Parenthood respects artistic license and freedom. However, false images only serve to reinforce misinformation and perpetuate stigma around sexual and reproductive health care. Every pregnancy outcome — especially abortion — should be portrayed sensitively, authentically and accurately in the media.”
“We still have much work to do to ensure that everyone who has an abortion can see themselves onscreen. It is a shame that the creators of Blonde chose to contribute to anti-abortion propaganda and stigmatize people’s health care decisions instead,” she concluded.
The film’s director Andrew Dominik pushed back on the accusations that the film is anti-abortion. He told TheWrap, “What the movie is saying is she’s not seeing reality. She’s seeing her own fears and desires projected onto the world around her.”
“You see it constantly time and again that she’s reacting to a story that she’s carrying inside her. And I think sort of this desire to look at ‘Blonde’ through this Roe v. Wade lens is everybody else doing the same thing. They’ve got a certain agenda where they feel like the freedoms of women are being compromised, and they look at ‘Blonde’ and they see a demon, but it’s not really about that,” he said.
Dominik went on, “I think it’s very difficult for people to step outside of the stories they carry inside themselves and see things of their own volition. And I think that’s really what the movie is about. The dangers of that. But you know, it’s difficult for people to be able to hold two things in their mind at once. It’s either black or white.”
He then asserted, “I think the movie is pretty nuanced actually, and I think it’s very complex, but that doesn’t fit — people are obviously concerned with losses of freedoms, obviously they are.”
“But, I mean, no one would have given a s–t about that if I’d made the movie in 2008, and probably no one’s going to care about it in four years’ time. And the movie won’t have changed. It’s just what sort of going on,” he said.
Dominik then detailed, “I don’t think the movie is anti-pro choice. I don’t think it is at all. And I’m not convinced that she actually wants to have a baby. I think she has feelings about not having a baby, but I’m not convinced that what she’s doing – I mean, she doesn’t end up having one.”
While talking about including Monroe’s alleged abortions and why they were included Dominik said, “I think that pregnancy is the major stressful event. If you’re an unwanted child, as she was, then I think pregnancy is an extremely ambivalent and confronting situation because on the one hand, she gets to re-parent herself. She can, in a way, rescue herself from the drawer by having this child.”
“So it’s this huge wish to undo the damage that was done. But on the other hand, her experience of pregnancy is her mother’s, her experience of motherhood is her own mother. And her mother having Norma meant that she was abandoned and she went insane. It destroyed her life. So I feel like Norma is in this horrible situation where she’s damned if she does and she’s damned if she doesn’t. There’s a wish for baby but there’s a fear of baby, and I think that’s kind of the central stressor on her,” he added.
An abortion is the willful murder of an innocent human life. Attempting to whitewash that reality is the opposite of authentically and accurately portraying it in the media as Spurch claim.
The Catholic Church makes it clear abortion is a moral evil. The Catechism declares, “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teachin has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.”
“Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. ‘A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,’ ‘by the very commission of the offense,’ and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society,” it states.
“The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation,” the Catechism declares.
It also proclaims, “Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embyro must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being.”
What do you make of Planned Parenthood’s attack on Blonde?