How can abortion advocates call abortion a complex, emotional decision when they also argue that it’s nothing more than a medical procedure?
The question is hard to avoid after watching a new pro-abortion short film by BuzzFeedYellow contributor Ali Vingiano. The 8-minute film “Unplanned” is a fictional account that explores the “complex emotions of an unplanned pregnancy” and stars Vingiano, according to the website.
The film shows the young woman pacing around after a pregnancy test reveals that she is pregnant. Her pregnancy is the result of her first one-night stand with a guy who she met at a bar. The character texts the guy but doesn’t hear back right away; so she calls her best friend and asks her to come with her to the abortion clinic.
When the young woman explains how she got pregnant, her friend jokingly replies, “That’s like getting food poisoning the first time you have Taco Bell.”
Though the friend tries to make light of the situation, she also tells the young woman, “I’m sorry,” and sympathizes with her. The young woman’s face is clearly troubled.
Later, the two friends joke about what the young woman’s child would look like. As the young woman reaches for a french fry, her friend scolds her that she should not eat before her abortion.
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“Put them down or I’m going to show you what your child would look like,” the friend says, pulling up a program on her laptop that generates the image of a toddler using the parents’ photos. Instead, the friend uses her own photo and the young woman’s to create the image of a cute little girl. The friend beckons the young woman to come over and see the picture.
“I like her,” the young woman says.
But she still goes to the abortion clinic. In the waiting room, the two friends joke around as if to ease the tension. Then when the young woman’s name is called, her face falls. Her friend looks at her with a sad smile before she walks back the hallway.
After the abortion, her friend is waiting for her outside with a “Good Luck” balloon and a hug. The two agree that the balloon is in bad taste and leave it on the sidewalk as they walk to the car.
When her friend asks if she feels relieved, the young woman says she is, but her face is pale and uncertain. The film ends with the young woman receiving a text from the one-night stand guy who still does not know about the abortion or their unborn child.
Vingiano said she wanted to portray the complex emotions of a woman having an abortion; but she stops there. The problem with these popular “shout your abortion” stories and short films is that abortion advocates rarely get around to the why – why abortion is a complex, emotional decision, why even they don’t treat abortion as the simple medical procedure that they claim it is.
Though Vingiano’s film makes a passing reference to a child, she, like so many abortion activists, avoids exploring the reality of the decision. If she did, she would have to acknowledge the truth that abortion kills an innocent human being, and that’s why it never will be just another medical procedure.