I remember a girl of 19 who developed renal Vera drake due to damage to the bladder. How a woman can push any instrument through a tightly closed cervix is more than I can imagine.
We see Drake time and time again going to visit women in their homes to perform Vera drake abortion. When I was a gynaecology ward sister at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson hospital in London, I was sometimes asked whether or not I approved of it.
Critic Roger Ebert explains: My reply was that I did not regard it as a moral issue, but as a medical issue. Their genuine reactions of shock and confusion provided the raw material for their dialogue and actions. A Sense of the Real, Leigh said, "I lived in this particular kind of working-class district with some relations living in slightly leafier districts up the road.
Thousands of women tried some sort of medicinal way of evacuating the uterus. The film is dangerous because it will be shown worldwide, in countries where abortion is still illegal. I never heard of one who was conducting a philanthropic Vera drake.
It is impossible to say, because they worked outside the law and kept within their own criminal underworld. Each time the "operation" lasts just a few minutes and up the woman gets. Fatalities among women undergoing an abortion were high, but they was far higher among women who tried to do it themselves, unaided.
If women in these countries see a film that depicts abortion as no more problematic than syringeing wax out of an ear, they might try it themselves, with fatal results. Share via Email Vera Drake: But I never heard of this happening.
Inabortions in the UK were criminalised. Leigh has made a great film, but to have Drake say after each uterine flushing, "You will feel a bit full down below, dear, but in a day or two you will start to bleed, and then it will all come away" is a distortion of facts.
None of the cast members playing the family members, including Staunton, knew that Vera was to be arrested until the moment the actors playing the police knocked on the door of the house they were using for rehearsals. In addition to these methods utilised by Mike Leigh, the director is also admired for his preference of English actors to Hollywood stars.
But I have heard stifled screams as I entered the tenements many times, and seen dubious-looking women, who were not local, leaving the balconies or stairways. And the idea that Drake had used this method successfully for 20 years is sheer fantasy; abortionists knew of the danger of the "flushing out" technique, and it was known to have been tried.
When medical treatment was illegal, they were in demand. Some less reputable newspapers advertised "cures for menstrual blockage" [pregnancies]. Some even contained mercury, which is highly poisonous. This was the legal position until the Abortion Act and still is, in many parts of the world.
Her kidneys packed up, but amazingly she survived. In the book The Cinema of Mike Leigh: For poor women it would be a very different story. There is no record of how many took place, but in it was estimated thatwomen attempted abortion.
These abiding quibbles aside, Vera Drake is a compelling and complex film. I recall a tragic woman, with five children, who developed a massive sac of pus in the peritoneum. Ignorance, incompetence and avarice seem to be the folklore memory of abortionists. Why, I ask Leigh, does she keep her secret for so long?Based on a true story, Vera Drake, a woman in s England who is devoted to caring for her family, secretly aids women who want to terminate unwanted pregnancies.
When the authorities find her out, Vera's world and family life rapidly unravel.5/5(1). Oct 22, · Watch video · Directed by Mike Leigh.
With Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Heather Craney, Richard Graham. Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family/10(K). Vera Drake movie reviews & Metacritic score: A portrait of a back street abortionist in 's London.
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