In the Dark

Shaming

Knocked Up
Produced and distributed by Universal Pictures
Directed and written by Judd Apatow

Juno
Produced and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Directed by Jason Reitman
Screenplay by Diablo Cody

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Produced by Mobra Films
Directed and written by Cristian Mungiu
Distributed by IFC Films

 

Thirty-five years ago, the Supreme Court discovered the constitutional right to abortion.  Unbeknownst to earlier generations, it was hiding out in the 14th Amendment’s implied right to privacy.  Since its discovery, this right has been exercised over 50 million times.  That’s a lot of carnage in the name of privacy.  Not surprisingly, Americans have come to question the moral cost of killing the unborn.  The number of abortions performed in this country has been falling slowly but steadily.  There’s been a 25-percent drop since 1990.

Quick to capitalize on the public’s change of heart, Hollywood has inaugurated what seems to be an anti­abortion boomlet this year.  In director Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, a gorgeous TV newscaster played by Katherine Heigl foolishly—and, I might add, improbably—gets drunk one night and recklessly picks up a hapless schlub played by the...

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