Cider house rules is a “pro-choice” propaganda film really. I remember when it won an oscar for screenplay (I think) the recipient made a “pro-choice” statement about never going back when abortion was illegal.
Then there are the various scenes that prove this. Only the cute adorable babies get adopted. The older children don’t get adopted.
The Charlize Theron character shows up for her “procedure” with her fiance’ who for some reason is “off duty” but wears his military uniform. It would seem to me that now when abortion is legal, people do not like to be recognized going to the “clinics” back then, I’m pretty sure he would have chosen to wear something that would not allow him to be recognized. Also, it seems that back in the forties, if a guy got his fiance pregnant, he would probably have married her, especially if he was going off to war. It didn’t make much sense to me.
Also of course there was the obligatory scene of the girl not surviving a botched abortion. and the Michael Caine character lecturing the Toby McGuire character about the necessity of safe abortions.
Finally, the whole idea of father impregnating his daughter, and then Toby McGuire changing his mind about abortion, and then actually performing one was very manipulative of the film makers.
And the whole abortion clinic/orphanage scenario was a bit weird.
Now for TV. ER used to be one of my preferred shows. I was pretty interested in the Luca character and his journey towards faith and I always sort of wished he would “come home”.
In one episode a young girl is pregnant. Her parents come and give her support and encouragement to continue the pregnancy. She even has a sonogram. Luca is the doctor, and has a female intern assisting him. She keeps pestering him about abortion, that he should give the girl the option. He says no, then she says something like “I want another doctor in this case. One who is not a Catholic” So Luca says, “my faith has nothing to do with how I practice medicine” So he goes in, the girl tells him that she was raped and does not want this. So Luca (Catholic and all) does the abortion himself. Then they each give various bible quotes and he tells her that “they gave God a chance to change his mind”.
Needless to say, I don’t watch it anymore.