Planned Parenthood criticizes Marilyn Monroe movie as "misinformation" for portraying grief over an abortion
ยท Oct 4, 2022 ยท

Planned Parenthood criticized the movie "Blonde" for "misinformation" that "contribute[s] to anti-abortion propaganda."

"While abortion is safe, essential health care, anti-abortion zealots have long contributed to abortion stigma by using medically inaccurate descriptions of fetuses and pregnancy. Andrew Dominik's new film, Blonde, bolsters their message with a CGI-talking fetus, depicted to look like a fully formed baby."

The movie depicts Monroe, played by Ana de Armas, speaking with her unborn baby:

Monroe's baby: "You won't hurt me this time, will you? Not do what you did last time," (referring to a Monroe's previously aborted baby)

Monroe: "I didn't mean to"

Monroe's baby: "Yes, you meant to. ... It was your decision."

Planned Parenthood's National Director of Arts and Entertainment Caren Spruch said the organization "respects artistic license and freedom," but "false images only serve to reinforce misinformation and perpetuate stigma around sexual and reproductive healthcare."

"It is a shame that the creators of Blonde chose to contribute to anti-abortion propaganda and stigmatize people's health care decisions instead," said Caren Spruch, Planned Parenthood's National Director of Arts and Entertainment.

"Every pregnancy outcome โ€” especially abortion โ€” should be portrayed sensitively, authentically and accurately in the media. We still have much work to do to ensure that everyone who has an abortion can see themselves onscreen."

Dominik, the film's director, said he does not see the movie as anti-abortion.

"People are obviously concerned with losses of freedoms. But, I mean, no one would have given a s*** about that if I'd made the movie in 2008, and probably no one's going to care about it in four years' time. And the movie won't have changed. It's just what's sort of going on."

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