Wednesday, March 5, 2008
"Your baby has fingernails!"
Juno, a quirky and heartwarming film about a teenager (Ellen Page) who got pregnant, carried her baby through nine months, and gave it to a woman (Jennifer Garner) who waited so long to have a baby (okay, that was long), turned out to be really funny and cute (in the present sense of the word).
But I'm not here to scrutinize the Oscar-winning screenplay. There's one scene in the film that I found really funny but also really true: when Juno found out she was pregnant, she first decided to abort the baby. She went into an abortion clinic where, of all people, one of her classmates in school was staging a one-man rally against, uh, killing babies.
It looks so ironic: one young Asian girl holding a sign that says something against abortion, and throughout the whole desolate lot around the abortion clinic, only her voice can be heard. And then right before Juno steps into the clinic, her classmate, in a last-ditch effort to convince her against abortion, goes, "Your baby has fingernails!"
It takes something very ordinary to humanize a baby in a womb--and that's because the baby is already human to begin with. They don't only have fingernails; babies at 20 weeks in the womb are able to hiccup, have their own unique finger prints and have a perfectly working circulatory system--that little person can make his own blood!
Needless to say, Juno decided not to have the abortion (partly also because she got scared--who wouldn't get scared?). That lone rallyist outside the clinic has done her part--and it proves you don't have to be a multitude to make a small difference in the world we live in.