A new Hulu comedy centered around a young woman’s hunt for emergency contraception, Plan B, is the latest “pro-choice” film depicting young women on the hunt for “reproductive care” that they are, for one reason or another, prohibited from obtaining in their home state.
Plan B was released on Hulu on May 28. It takes place in South Dakota, where teen Sunny has discovered on the morning after her first sexual experience that her partner misused a condom and so she sets out to find emergency contraception, according to Vanity Fair.
She takes along her more experienced friend Lupe to seek out a provider who will not refuse to provide her with the pill, as in South Dakota pharmacists are permitted to refuse issuing abortifacient drugs based on the state’s “conscience clause.”
The comedy, directed by Natalie Morales, is just the latest of several films which Vanity Fair glowingly explains “reckon with the structural as well as the personal—how certain states in the U.S. make it almost impossible to receive reproductive health care, particularly for teenagers whose rights are generally ceded to their parents.”
Plan B comes after 2020’s Unpregnant and Never Rarely Sometimes Always, both of which feature a pair of young women traveling across state lines to obtain an abortion, having been hindered from doing so in the state in which they reside (Missouri and Pennsylvania, respectively).
Vanity Fair contrasts these films with 2007’s Juno, which centers around a young woman who finds herself pregnant and while she initially seeks an abortion, after being told by a fellow student protesting outside the clinic that her fetus has fingernails, she decides to carry it to full term and put it up for adoption.
While Juno was undoubtedly not meant to be a pro-life film—and Vanity Fair describes Juno’s earnest and sweet pro-life classmate who convinces her of the humanity of her unborn child as a “nerdy anti-abortion fanatic”—it was terribly inconvenient for the pro-choice narrative, as the publication laments.
“In the U.S., young women who want to terminate their pregnancies—or even use emergency contraception–often must first go through some measure of logistical and emotional difficulty,” their glowing feature on abortion-seeking teen road trip films of the 20’s reads, adding, “You wouldn’t know that from Juno.”
This new crop of films, meanwhile, “consider how uniquely belabored teenagers are by the assault on reproductive rights, how they’re dependent on the whim or morality of adults to determine what little of their own lives they have to themselves.”
It is not necessary to read between the lines: the new face of the pro-abortion movement openly opposes the idea that teenagers are far too young to be burdened with the hefty moral weight of a sexually active lifestyle—in fact, it’s virtually taken for granted that teens will and ought to be engaging in unprotected sex and thus must have unmitigated, unregulated access to abortifacient drugs and abortion.
Meanwhile, the importance of ensuring that parents are involved in their teens’ personal crises is seen as oppressive and unnecessary.
Abortion is not a human right, it is not healthcare, it is not harmless, and it is a very far cry from moral—meaning that no one, most especially young, immature women needs to be given access to it, period, let alone without their parent’s knowledge or consent.
Pray for our young women.
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