Statement from Cecile Richards, president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
“This is a hilarious and honest story about one young woman trying to figure out life and dating, and it includes an unapologetic look at her decision to have an abortion. We’ve never really seen a character like Donna Stern in a Hollywood summer film, even though millions of women all across the country will identify with her story.
“Honest portrayals about abortion in film and television are extremely rare, and that’s part of a much bigger lack of honest depictions of women’s lives, health, and sexuality. This film is a major breakthrough — not just because it shows a woman deciding to have an abortion but because it shows her as a full and complete person making the serious decision to end a pregnancy and still having a full and fun life. In the rare instance when Hollywood does show a woman who has an abortion she is often frightened, endangered, ashamed, or judged because of her decision.
“One film won’t change how women are viewed by society and the entertainment industry, but it can help challenge stigma and change the conversation. A woman’s decision about her pregnancy should be respected and valued, and a film as refreshingly real as this one should be celebrated.”
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America media office: 212-261-4433
June 20, 2014