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The amazing pro-choice comedy Obvious Child hit select theaters across the country and will open nationwide on June 27.

Seriously, go see this movie. I was lucky to see it in an advanced screening and was blown away. It was hilarious, heartwarming, and, most importantly, it was honest in its portrayal of abortion care.

So, why am I personally thrilled to see a movie tackle a woman's unintended pregnancy and decision to have an abortion with respect and humor?

There are plenty of movies, like Juno and Knocked Up, that share stories of women who face an unintended pregnancy. In these films, the option to choose abortion is either glossed over or talked about as something dirty or a decision to be ashamed of. When we watch story lines that depict abortion negatively, they feed into a culture that teaches women that it's not okay to talk about abortion and that having an abortion makes you a bad person.

Obvious Child is unlike any film I've seen before about young people like me and our real-life experiences. To see a main character choose abortion and be happy and content with her decision to do so is pretty awesome. When I watched Obvious Child I could immediately relate and laugh about some of the real conversations about relationships, sex, and our bodies that I've had with my friends, and I loved the courage Jenny Slate's character showed when she made the best decision that was best for her. It was refreshing to finally see a complex female character deal with issues that are rarely shown on screen. I could also relate to the fear of sharing something so personal and being pleasantly surprised by the outpouring of support from friends and family when you didn't know if they'd have your back.

The movie also debunks some of the most common myths about abortion and the women who have them.

It's kind of amazing when you think about how unique Obvious Child is - because it shouldn't be unique at all. One in three women has an abortion in her lifetime and research shows that the majority of those women - 95 percent - feel relieved and like they made the right decision afterwards. Shouldn't the majority of stories about abortion and unplanned pregnancy in pop culture reflect this breakdown? It's troubling and hugely problematic that we're afraid or made to feel ashamed to talk about our real experiences because Hollywood isn't getting this issue right.

But based on the numbers, maybe Obvious Child can convince filmmakers to treat these topics in a more honest way. So far, Obvious Child has the best per-screen ticket sales of the summer independent releases. These numbers show that there's no monetary excuse not to change the way stories about abortion are told in movies. People will show up to watch movies about real women and their experiences.

It's important that we help build momentum for Obvious Child. That's why we teamed up with Cosmopolitan to host a screening of it that featured a panel discussion moderated by our president Ilyse Hogue. Director Gillian Robespierre, lead actress Jenny Slate, producer Elisabeth Holm and editor of Cosmopolitan Amy Odell joined her to talk about why honest stories of abortion and women's lives are essential to breaking down stigma and uniting women in their shared experiences.

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Hopefully, Obvious Child will make filmmakers and members of the media think twice before they pedal more negative stereotypes about abortion. And maybe we'll even start to see more plot lines that accurately portray a woman's decision to choose abortion with honesty and empathy.

Check out the trailer below for Obvious Child and see it in theaters starting today!

One in three American women struggles with the high cost of prescription birth control.

That's just one of the reasons why the Obama administration's new no-cost birth control regulations are so important for women's health. Making prescription birth control available without a copay will help millions of women prevent unintended pregnancy and thereby reduce the need for abortion.

A new study from The Guttmacher Institute shows why it's crucial that all women have access to birth control.

According to the study, unintended pregnancy among low-income women has increased considerably--even while it's continued to decrease among higher income women.

The report concludes that a lack of access to reproductive-health care is a key contributing factor to this disparity.

It's further evidence that no-cost birth control can't come a moment too soon.

Got questions about no-cost birth control? We've got answers.

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Birth Control for Me


More than 30 million American women need access to birth control. But for many, it's simply too expensive. One in three women has struggled with the high cost of prescription birth control at some point in her life. 

Fortunately, the days of unaffordable birth control could end soon. The health-reform law signed by President Obama last year holds the promise of no-cost birth control. This means that women could get their prescriptions for birth control filled without a copay. The federal government will decide sometime this year whether to include no-cost birth control in the law's implementation. 


NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation has launched a campaign called BC4ME (Birth Control for Me) to make sure the government follows through on the promise of the health-care law. 

No-cost birth control would be especially beneficial for younger women. Young adults age 18-24 have the highest rate of unintended pregnancy in the United States - and nearly one-third of teenage girls become pregnant before reaching the age of 20. There is a significant need to help young people obtain confidential, no-cost birth-control coverage.

That's why this week, we're kicking off the BC4ME campaign with a campus week of action that will involve pro-choice student groups nationwide.  If you're a college student, here are some ways you can get involved:
Don't let these ideas limit your creativity! There are many other ways you can engage during the week of action. Brainstorm with your friends or student group about what else you can do. 

And keep checking back with Blog for Choice and our Facebook page for more facts about no-cost birth control. 

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