Due to extreme anxieties surrounding pregnancy, I didn’t go see Lake of Fire when it was in theatres. The gore wasn’t the problem. I frequently research gynecological procedures and information, feeling I might have missed out on my true professional calling due to laziness. So I had seen an abortion performed before – though the late-term abortion was new to me. No…to avoid being overly dramatic, let’s just say that I got physically ill in the middle of Waitress.
Anyway, they upped my medication and now I’m A-OK to watch all the pregnancy footage I want. So I finally delved into the almost-3-hour documentary about one of the most fascinating ethical discussions out there. And I wasn’t disappointed. What a remarkably shot and well-conceived film. And though I’m sure the film leans a little to the Left, both sides are presented fairly. Nothing has made me question my pro-choice beliefs so thoroughly.
At the same time, the film is infuriating. Bombing abortion clinics, killing doctors and nurses, stalking people at their homes, and just the horrid things fundamentalists tend to scream…it’s a bit much to handle. On top of all that, there’s the general unfairness of the female reproductive system to grapple with. Do the women in those Christian Fundamentalist groups ever feel that sense of unfairness? Maybe they just believe in Eve and original sin? Or maybe they really think motherhood is a blessing? Ok…maybe motherhood is a blessing of sorts, but so is fatherhood and even the most responsible among them really don’t have much to worry about when it comes to pregnancy. (<—MAN HATER!) What if someone were to have an abortion just because they were bad with pain and would prefer to adopt? Doesn’t that seem like as good a reason as any? These fundamentalists be crazy.
Ok. So I lied. They didn’t up my medication.