PODCAST: An Analysis of HBO’s “Unpregnant” Film

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It’s our first podcast with Emily Albrecht, the co-president of St. Olaf Students for Life and our next speaker/writer/coach! Josh and Emily discuss the recent HBO film “Unpregnant” because there are themes taught in this movie that may influence some of your conversations with pro-choice people who have seen it.

***SPOILER ALERT*** 

If you would like to watch the film before listening to our commentary, we invite you to do that. We will discuss the entire plot in this episode.

  • 0:00: Introducing Emily;
  • 3:32: Introducing the film and our initial reactions to it;
  • 7:05: Summarizing the plot of the movie;
  • 10:03: How pro-life people are portrayed in the movie;
  • 27:34: Why pro-choice students hated St. Olaf Students for Life’s original name;
  • 33:22: Why it would be wrong to kidnap abortion-minded women or kill abortion practitioners, and Josh vents about the actual state of religious liberty in 2020;
  • 45:48: An important lesson that sidewalk counselors can take from this film;
  • 51:36: How the abortion was portrayed in the film and how the director specifically wanted to normalize abortion;
  • 59:27: The film’s attempt to argue that it should be easier to get an abortion;
  • 1:01:16: Wait, this movie supports anti-coercion forms in abortion facilities?
  • 1:04:00: Final commentary on the abortion scene;
  • 1:08:00: A better argument against parental notification laws than the film made;
  • 1:11:16: Four points of common ground we have with the film;
  • 1:19:53: Comparing and contrasting this film with preachy Christian movies.

Related Links:

  • How One Student Group Radically Changed Their Campus Culture (our first video with Emily Albrecht about the effect their club had at St. Olaf College): https://youtu.be/lAsOzyg7M2c
  • Our Take on the “AKA Jane Roe” Documentary: https://bit.ly/2O7vGDi
  • Reversing Roe: Exposing the Bias: https://youtu.be/dvS6m3laO8U?list=PLsN8Ay8poS-LyKV…
  • How Should Pro-Life Advocates Talk about That “13 Reasons Why” Abortion Episode? http://bit.ly/2PidtpT
  • Why it Would Be Wrong for Pro-Lifers to Drive Abortion Clinic Vans Under False Pretenses: http://bit.ly/2m3MTCb
  • David French: The True Extent of Religious Liberty in America, Explained: https://bit.ly/3ezAuxH
  • Sidewalk Counseling Masterclass: https://SidewalkCounselingMasterclass.com
  • Here’s the Entertainment Tonight story Emily referenced: ‘Unpregnant’: Barbie Ferreira and Haley Lu Richardson on Making a Heartfelt Comedy About Abortion (Exclusive) https://et.tv/3f4RXho. It includes these two quotes:
    • “One thing I love about this movie is how sure Veronica is, of what her choice is, from the beginning,” the director explains. “This isn’t a movie about hand wringing, what decision to make. She knows what she wants, and that’s very much how I felt about my abortion. It felt like the right choice for me — I knew what I wanted to do and I did it.”
    • “I love the idea of normalizing the topic of abortion and reproductive rights but also telling a different perspective on it and how people shouldn’t have to feel a certain way after getting an abortion,” Ferreira adds. “There’s a whole range and spectrum of emotions that happen.”

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Josh Brahm is the President of Equal Rights Institute, an organization that trains pro-life advocates to think clearly, reason honestly and argue persuasively.

Josh uses speaking, writing and campus outreach to emphasize practical dialogue tips, pro-life philosophy, and relational apologetics.

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