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Elizabeth Banks Fights For Reproductive Rights In New Film ‘Call Jane’

Call Jane, is the latest movie that tackles the issues of women’s rights in America.

In “Call Jane,” Elizabeth Banks plays a housewife who seeks an abortion to end a life-threatening pregnancy. The hospital’s all-male board denies her request, and so starts her consciousness-raising story.Credit...Wilson Webb/Roadside Attractions

Call Jane, is the latest movie that tackles the issues of women’s rights in America, thanks to the events of this year, has become far more relevant than anyone involved could have ever predicted it would become. Despite that fact, Call Jane is a surprisingly understated, often unsentimental drama, one that prefers to lull you into its rhythms before it hits you with the power of its biggest moments or, in the case of one harrowing abortion scene, smallest details.

The movie premiered in theaters October 28.

Actor and producer says her new movie, ‘Call Jane‘ sets to focus on how the women of recent past took care of one another as they sought the procedure: ‘We didn’t want to shy away from it” she said on CBS Mornings.

The actor stated the shame and stigma attached makes it much harder for people especially women to make conversations about caring and safe abortions and also took desperate measures to not be in those predicaments at the first place.

“So for me when I first read the script I just thought oh this will be such a great way to honor a little piece of history of these very revolutionary women in Chicago who provided really caring and safe abortion care at the time when so many women put themselves in very dangerous desperate situations in order to not be pregnant.”

Banks said “there are real Janes everywhere now in America,” as recent news of the Supreme Court overturning abortion Roe v. Wade decisions.

The actor and producer personally as her character wants the movie to arouse empathy and great sense in viewers to think and have a better understanding of the path victims walk whether they will have to walk the same path or not.

We really de-politicized abortion health care in the film as much as possible and we tried to re-center it as the health care that is, so I want people to open up and get better understanding and take sympathy in the path of women that seek safe and caring aborting.”

This movie might be entirely fictional but, The Jane Collective was a real organization that operated in Chicago, Illinois from 1969 to 1973.

They were associated with the Women’s Liberation Union and provided an underground service to pregnant women who needed abortions, at a time in the U.S when abortion was illegal in most states.

Several members were actually arrested and were facing serious prison time for their so-called crimes, but fortunately, the Roe v. Wade case in 1973 meant that the charges were dropped and the Jane Collective was ultimately disbanded.

Ultimately, Call Jane’s impact is dulled slightly by its own limited scope, as well as its disinterest in seriously investigating the darker parts of its characters’ lives.

For that reason, it’s Call Jane’s opening scene that seems to best reflect the film itself, which dazzles and entrances in parts but remains content only ever alluding to the tougher aspects of its plot.

The film’s lively, infectious energy, combined with its inherent relevance, makes it well worth seeking out. Don’t be surprised, though, if you find yourself disappointed by just how non-confrontationally the film brings to life a story that could have benefitted from being told with a bit more attitude.

Call Jane is now playing in select theaters.

 

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