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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Since Em has been writing about how abortion is portrayed on TV, I'll add an "FYI" on the subject in a newish movie. I haven't seen "North Country," the movie with Charlize Theron, though I want to. Especially now that a priest friend of mine told me there's a scene in which the heroine, Josie, tells her son, the product of a rape which she never revealed to him, that she's glad she had him.

Mike Furches at Hollywood Jesus reviews this very small detail:
What makes this story line in North Country even more interesting is the issue of abortion that comes up in the film. I won't go into detail here or give out any kind of a spoiler, but when abortion was an option for this woman, she is portrayed as choosing life. The character states, "When I felt you kicking in my belly, I knew that you were mine despite the wrong that was done."
The Washington Post has some interesting viewer reviews. One reads
...if you do any reading about the [actual] case, you will find that the first judge, Patrick McNulty, revealed in a summary that Lois Jenson's son was a product of rape. Jenson was the basis for Josie, and like the movie, her son did not know he was the product of a rape until McNulty wrote about it. McNulty allowed the defense counsel to pore over the womens' gynecological history. Many of the women who testified said they felt more victimized on the stand by the defense and Judge McNulty than they had been in the mines. McNulty said that their problems were "histrionic" and related to their sexual liasons. Ironically, McNulty was arrested for shoplifting in 1996. The people who were involved in this trial were just as horrible as the men who victimized them.
Not sure if this commenter is accurate about Jenson's rape, since this writer is from the very town where the real story happened on which the movie is based. He claims there was "no rape in the high school" though I suppose it's possible it happened elsewhere.

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