Vera Drake Star Imelda Staunton: Pro-Abortion Film is My "Best Work"

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 10, 2005

London, England ( — Imelda Staunton, who plays the lead character in the internationally heralded pro-abortion film Vera Drake says the role of the part-time illegal abortion practitioner is her best work yet.

"If I was to be truthful," she tells the Scotsman newspaper, "and I am truthful, Vera Drake is the best piece of work I have ever done."

The film has racked up a slew of awards including the best picture and best actress award at the Venice Film Festival last year. It’s won honors at the London Film Festival, took home awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Now, Staunton is up for a Golden Globe and a possible Oscar nomination.

The movie, set in the 1950s, depicts Vera as a cleaning lady who performs illegal abortions on the side.

Staunton told the Scotsman that pro-abortion women in the United States love the film and share with her their own abortion stories when they meet her.

"I thought people might run away from it, thinking, ‘Oh God, a film about a part-time abortionist’ — but they haven’t," she said.

"When I was promoting it in the States, women of a certain age would come up to me and cry and say, ‘Thank God someone’s finally shown what it was like.’ Then they’d tell me what they’d been through — and it was really moving," she told the Scotsman.

While the film discusses illegal abortions, it fails to discuss the state of legal abortion — which ends the lives of unborn children and hurts women.

David Reardon, Ph.D., director of the Elliot Institute and one of the leading researchers into physical and emotional damage caused by abortions, says "legal abortion is inherently unsafe."

Reardon says abortion is known to be linked to higher rates of maternal death, reproductive problems including subsequent premature deliveries and related handicaps among newborns, depression, suicide, substance abuse, and a host of other negative problems impacting women and their families.

"If the international community is serious about protecting women from unsafe abortions, it will work diligently to reverse the trend toward legalized abortion," Reardon explains.

Related web sites:
Elliot Institute –
The Myth of Mass Back-Alley Abortion Deaths –