Nine (Free) Films for Understanding What’s at Stake with the Impending Loss of Roe v. Wade


On Could 2, a leaked draft majority opinion from Supreme Court Justice Alito in Dobbs v. Jackson Ladies’s Well being Group revealed that Roe v. Wade, and the federal proper to abortion it ensures, will possible quickly be overturned. This leak got here almost per week after Kentucky grew to become the primary state to ban in-clinic abortions, and after quite a few states had already put 15-week abortion bans into impact. States throughout the U.S. are shifting to legally limit reproductive selection at an alarming price, a development solely predicted to extend with the latest information.

As we grapple with the magnitude and attain of what this ruling will imply, Ladies Make Films is making a collection of movies out there that make clear the historical past of reproductive rights within the U.S. and set forth what’s at stake as abortion entry is rolled again.

From the BAFTA award-winning new launch America’s War on Abortion (dir. Deeyah Khan), which examines the erosion of reproductive rights within the U.S. and foregrounds the tales of impoverished girls and ladies of shade; to Jane: An Abortion Service (dir. Kate Kirtz and Nell Lundy), the story of “Jane,” the Chicago-based girls’s well being group who carried out almost 12,000 protected unlawful abortions between 1969 and 1973 with no formal medical coaching; to the 2020 Sundance Movie Competition choice Abortion Helpline, which reveals how financial stigma and merciless legal guidelines decide who has entry to abortion in America; WMM is hoping to boost consciousness and encourage dialogue.

Above all, we honor all of the brave individuals—particularly girls, nonbinary and transgender individuals—who’ve been on the forefront of combating for reproductive selection and bodily autonomy for many years.

In response to this crucial second, Ladies Make Films is making the next movies out there to observe free of charge via Could 31, 2022. Sign up to receive access to the films here.

All films are additionally out there for digital programming, to e-book for screenings, and to buy on DVD or through Digital Web site License. Many are additionally out there on Kanopy or DocuSeek (hyperlinks are included beneath).

A movie by Deeyah Khan | United States| 2021 | 65 minutes

On this BAFTA award-winning movie, two-time Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan examines the erosion of reproductive rights in the US. That includes highly effective accounts from activists combating for, and towards, girls’s proper to decide on, the movie foregrounds the tales of these usually forgotten on this ‘warfare’ who nonetheless discover themselves on its frontline: impoverished girls and ladies of shade.  

A movie by Celina Escher | El Salvador | 2021 | Spanish, Subtitled | 89 minutes


In El Salvador, which has a number of the most restrictive abortion legal guidelines on this planet, girls are generally investigated and punished for having miscarriages, stillbirths and different obstetric emergencies. Fly So Far, which tells the story of Teodora Vásquez, a girl who was sentenced to thirty years in jail after struggling a stillbirth at 9 months pregnant, is a grave warning of simply how far state management of girls’s our bodies can go. Whereas the movie exposes brutal human rights abuses, additionally it is unmistakably a narrative of collective resistance, activism, and sisterhood, in addition to the self-determination and company of girls. 

A movie by Civia Tamarkin | U.S. | 2017 | 100 minutes


An actual-life Handmaid’s Story, this pressing documentary examines how girls are being jailed, bodily violated and even put vulnerable to dying as a radical motion tightens its grip throughout America. Birthright: A Battle Story explores the accelerating beneficial properties of the campaign to regulate pregnant girls and the fallout that’s making a public well being disaster, turning pregnant girls into criminals and difficult the constitutional protections of each lady in America.

Obtainable to watch on Kanopy.

Jane: An Abortion Service

A movie by Kate Kirtz and Nell Lundy | U.S. | 1996 | 58 minutes


This fascinating political take a look at a little-known chapter in girls’s historical past tells the story of “Jane”, the Chicago-based girls’s well being group who carried out almost 12,000 protected unlawful abortions between 1969 and 1973 with no formal medical coaching. As Jane members describe discovering feminism and purchasers describe discovering Jane, archival footage and recreations mingle to depict how the repression of the early sixties and social actions of the late sixties influenced this distinctive group. 

Obtainable to watch on Kanopy.

A movie by Erika Cohn, Produced by Angela Tucker, Nicole Docta and Christen Marquez | U.S. | 2020 | 81 minutes


Filmed over seven years with extraordinary entry and intimate accounts from at present and previously incarcerated individuals, this Emmy-winning documentary exposes a sample of unlawful sterilizations, modern-day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons. This movie underscores that the struggle for reproductive rights is about sustaining private bodily autonomy in addition to the selection to have kids or not have kids. 

Obtainable to watch on Kanopy.

A movie by Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater and Mike Attie | U.S. | 2019 | 13 minutes


On the Philadelphia abortion helpline, counselors subject nonstop calls from girls and teenagers who’re in search of to finish a being pregnant however can’t afford to, illustrating how financial stigma and merciless legal guidelines decide who has entry to abortion in America. ABORTION HELPLINE, THIS IS LISA, shortlisted for Oscars 2021 for Finest Documentary Quick Topic and winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Shorts at AFI Docs 2020, is a robust quick documentary that offers perception into the implications of the Hyde modification.

Obtainable to watch on Topic.

A movie by Rebecca Haimowitz | U.S. | 2017 | 29 minutes


An pressing examination of a rising development of legal guidelines that search to regulate a pregnant lady’s physique. It tells the story of a brain-dead pregnant lady whose household was compelled to maintain her on life assist towards their will. Marlise Muñoz had been clear about her end-of-life needs earlier than she suffered a pulmonary embolism and was pronounced lifeless: she didn’t need to be on mechanical assist underneath any circumstances. However Marlise was saved alive due to a little-known legislation that states “an individual might not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining therapy… from a pregnant affected person.” 

Obtainable to watch on Kanopy.

A movie by Gillian Aldrich and Jennifer Baumgardner | U.S. | 2005 | 55 minutes


Highly effective, poignant, and fiercely trustworthy, I HAD AN ABORTION tackles the taboo of girls’s private tales of getting an abortion. The documentary options 10 girls – together with famed feminist Gloria Steinem – who candidly describe experiences spanning seven many years, from the years earlier than Roe v. Wade to the early 2000s. Filmmakers Jennifer Baumgardner (writer of Manifesta: Younger Ladies, Feminism, and the Future) and Gillian Aldrich insightfully doc how altering societal pressures have affected girls’s selections and experiences.

Obtainable to watch on Kanopy.

A movie by Lori Hiris | U.S. | 1989 | 40 minutes


This historic movie gives an empowering take a look at the power and breadth of the ladies’s motion of the Eighties and the methods its battles resembled these of the 60s. Uncommon archival footage and interviews with early abortion rights activists, together with members of Redstockings and the JANE Collective, are intercut with younger girls who testify to the necessity for multi-racial grassroots coalitions. Flo Kennedy and Byllye Avery, African American girls who have been early leaders for reproductive rights, make connections between racism, reproductive freedom, and healthcare for the poor.

Sign and share Ms.’s relaunched “We Have Had Abortions” petition—whether or not you your self have had an abortion, or just stand in solidarity with those that have—to let the Supreme Courtroom, Congress and the White Home know: We is not going to quit the correct to protected, authorized, accessible abortion.

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