Elizabeth Banks is passionate about reproductive rights both on and off-screen. In his new film, call janeIn the late 1960s, the actress asked a housewife to advocate for an abortion. Although filming for the film ended before the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Banks wants you to see the film in our current cultural climate.
motivating people to take action
The actress’ new film is both political and entertaining. Established in the late 1960s, call jane Rowe v. takes viewers on a journey through life in America before Wade. The characters and story are based on Jane Collective, an underground organization that helped women get safe abortions before the 1973 Supreme Court ruling affected the country.
In the new film, Banks takes on the pressing issue of abortion and reproductive rights. in an interview with new York TimesBanks opened up to making films dealing with important matters that were politicized in America.
“I don’t always want to represent my gender because it politicizes my work in a way that doesn’t acknowledge that I’m just trying to make a living,” approved bank, “I’m trying to entertain people. I don’t want to deny that my choices feed my personal belief system. I don’t want to be presented as some kind of feminist crusader.”
Still, Banks plays roles that embrace these life-changing themes because she wants to be part of the cultural conversation. Actually, the actress wants you to see call jane in the current political light.
“I want people to see the movie and be inspired to act,” Banks commented. “I would say that Dobbs’ decision reinforces our commitment to getting audiences to see the film in the right light, which means that there is probably a greater responsibility on the film that I didn’t realize when making it. … I hope it invites Republican female voters to vote. Democratic women I know, we’ve done everything we can. I want the movie to inspire people to vote for those Republicans who do not support reproductive justice.”
An advocate for reproductive rights on and off screen
The award-winning actress isn’t just passionate about abortion and women’s rights on screen; Banks is also a real life worker. As she shared, “I’m on the Creative Council of the Center for Reproductive Rights. I live with a group of female activists working at the highest level on American policy. That’s what it was about and basically 45 years. Nothing has improved in me.”
Although many women have lost some hope since Dobbs’ decision, Banks remains a champion of reproductive rights. As she continues to be a part of the conversation on and off-screen, it is expected that her film will inspire women from both sides of the political divide to take action.