USA – At SIFF, a day in the life of doctors who provide abortions

At SIFF, a day in the life of doctors who provide abortions
The documentary ‘Our Bodies, Our Doctors’ profiles women’s health professionals in the Pacific Northwest.

By Brangien Davis
May 28, 2019

A day in the life of an abortion provider usually starts in a parking lot. She gets out of her car, slings a purse and maybe a lunch bag over her shoulder, and walks toward a nondescript building. She might greet a protester on the way in, might note the giant baby photo on the side of a box truck parked in deliberate view. She passes through the clinic doors, where a circular sticker bears the image of a black handgun with a red slash across it. Once inside, the doctor joins her team of receptionists, medical assistants and nurses, and prepares for the first patient.

Behind the headlines, behind the legal battles, behind the politics, protests and posters are the people who go to work every day to provide women with family-planning services, including contraception and abortion.

Continued: https://crosscut.com/2019/05/siff-day-life-doctors-who-provide-abortions

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Abortion Protests Come To Cannes

Abortion Protests Come To Cannes

By Jamie Samhan
May 18, 2019

Ahead of the premiere of abortion documentary “Let It be Law (Que Sea Ley)” from Argentine director Juan Solanas at Cannes, 60 women gathered to protest the anti-abortion laws across the world.

The women from Argentina waved green flags and signs (green is the colour of the pro-choice movement in Argentina). The protest was against a rejection of a law in Argentina to legalize abortion but is very similar to what the United States is currently facing.

Continued: https://etcanada.com/news/454333/abortion-protests-come-to-cannes/

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Hollywood rarely tells the truth about abortion. ‘Little Woods’ is different.

Hollywood rarely tells the truth about abortion. ‘Little Woods’ is different.

By Renee Bracey Sherman
April 23, 2019

Pop culture has made some progress since 1956, when an addition to the Motion Picture Production Code that governed Hollywood movie-making declared, “The subject of abortion shall be discouraged, shall never be more than suggested, and, when referred to, shall be condemned.” But even by contemporary standards, in which characters are allowed to have abortions and movies can depict those decisions positively, Nia DaCosta’s debut feature film, “Little Woods,” is a politically urgent revelation.

Rather than making the decision to have an abortion the major source of tension in the film, DaCosta starkly depicts the sacrifices that families make to afford health care, dramatizing the recent onslaught of restrictions on abortion. And her character’s choices place abortion in conversation with our national debate about opioid addiction and drug trafficking to illuminate these well-worn subjects in new ways.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/04/23/hollywood-rarely-tells-truth-about-abortion-little-woods-is-different/

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USA – What’s Changed Inside and Outside Abortion Clinics Over 30 Years

What’s Changed Inside and Outside Abortion Clinics Over 30 Years

April 22, 2019
by Priyanka Boghani

In 1983, a decade after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on Roe v. Wade, FRONTLINE went inside an abortion clinic on the outskirts of Chester, Pennsylvania. In Abortion Clinic, director Mark Obenhaus focused on the experiences of young women dealing with unplanned pregnancies, speaking to people working in the clinic and the protesters calling for its closure.

At the time when Abortion Clinic was released, lawmakers and the public were grappling with the film’s central issue. Almost four decades later, as the U.S. remains bitterly divided on abortion, Obenhaus returns to Pennsylvania with co-producer Elizabeth Leiter to see what has changed. Like its predecessor, FRONTLINE’s latest documentary, The Abortion Divide, paints a portrait of the complicated, personal issues surrounding abortion.

Continued: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/whats-changed-inside-and-outside-abortion-clinics-over-30-years/

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USA – Shock, Gore, and More: ‘Unplanned’ Recycles Timeworn Tropes of Anti-Choice Films

Shock, Gore, and More: ‘Unplanned’ Recycles Timeworn Tropes of Anti-Choice Films
Anti-abortion films spread misinformation and build a world that is distinctly white, Christian, and conservative.

Apr 5, 2019
Steph Herold & Gretchen Sisson

The anti-abortion film Unplanned quietly snuck into fourth place at the box office last weekend, grossing more than $6 million and drawing claims that it will be anti-abortion advocates’ Schindler’s List: “We are the hope, and this movie is our battle cry,” said one.

Unplanned is based on the memoir of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned anti-abortion activist. Johnson claims she had a change of heart after witnessing an ultrasound-guided abortion and abruptly quit her job; others have consistently challenged Johnson’s account of events. Regardless, the movie takes Johnson’s conversion as true, holding her up as the relatable, redemptive heroine.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2019/04/05/shock-gore-and-more-unplanned/

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Midwife Means “With Woman”: ‘Call the Midwife’ and the History of Abortion in England

Midwife Means "With Woman": 'Call the Midwife' and the History of Abortion in England

4/4/2019
in History, by Janet Mullany

It’s 1964 and things are changing in Poplar on Call the Midwife.

A dad actually asks to be at the, ah, interesting end of his child’s birth and is firmly put in his place, and more women want to give birth in hospitals. Hemlines are rising as Britain becomes a fashion powerhouse. Yet some things just don’t change. As now, an obsession with royal births rules (and if you really want to know, apparently bets are now at 1:2 that Meghan and Harry’s baby will be a girl, with the top name predicted to be Diana. Yes, British bookies do big business during royal pregnancies). And sadly, not every birth is joyfully anticipated, and many women, particularly poor women in an area like Poplar, have few options for help.

Continued: https://blogs.weta.org/tellyvisions/2019/04/04/midwife-means-woman-call-midwife-and-history-abortion-england

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Impossible to possible-abortion provision in Ireland | Dr Mary Favier

Impossible to possible-abortion provision in Ireland | Dr Mary Favier

April 3, 2019

In this 17-minute video, Dr Mary Favier, Cork based GP and founding member of Doctors For Choice, describes how she campaigned for many years to remove the Eighth Amendment as it was harmful to Irish women's health. Dr Favier takes us on a moving journey from Ireland’s past, present, and future showcasing the devastating struggles Irish women have faced in relation to abortions in Ireland in the past and the hope which we live in now as a result of the successful repeal of the eight amendment.

Dr Mary Favier is a specialist in family medicine and is in practice in Cork city. She is a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She is a guest teacher on the UCC post graduate general practitioner training scheme. She has been Chair of Education in the ICGP and is currently president elect of the ICGP. She advocated improving clinical care by introducing early medical abortion provision in a primary care setting in Ireland.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Continued: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5x3lG89ypU&app=desktop&fbclid=IwAR1X5DpcJu_pB2X9n65rWK8cGGQO5YbLA8u_e7yn2d7aC_zD4YWVm4sLEqk

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USA – The unsentimental abortion scene in ‘Shrill’ isn’t groundbreaking. Here’s why that’s a big deal.

The unsentimental abortion scene in ‘Shrill’ isn’t groundbreaking. Here’s why that’s a big deal.

By Bethonie Butler
March 19, 2019

About 20 minutes into the pilot episode of Hulu’s “Shrill,” the millennial writer at the center of the story has an abortion.

Annie, played by Aidy Bryant of “Saturday Night Live” fame, doesn’t dwell on her decision to terminate her pregnancy. And after a roughly two-minute scene that shows Annie undergoing the procedure with her best friend at her side for support, she barely mentions it again — save for a few passing references and one awkward encounter with her boyfriend’s mother that’s played for laughs.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/03/19/unsentimental-abortion-scene-shrill-isnt-groundbreaking-heres-why-thats-big-deal/

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UK – Call The Midwife viewers in tears as finale deals with illegal abortion story

Call The Midwife viewers in tears as finale deals with illegal abortion story
The series has raised awareness of the issue of backstreet abortions.

By Julia Hunt, Press Association Entertainment Correspondent
March 3 2019

Call The Midwife’s eighth series came to an end with a tear-jerking close to the illegal abortion storyline.

The latest series of the BBC drama about midwives in the East End in the 1960s has shone a light on the issue.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/ca/entertainment/call-the-midwife-viewers-in-tears-as-finale-deals-with-illegal-abortion-story-37874326.html

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BBC drops ban on giving abortion advice after Call the Midwife row

BBC drops ban on giving abortion advice after Call the Midwife row

Caroline Wheeler and Nicholas Hellen
February 17 2019

The BBC has bowed to pressure to provide viewers with information about abortion after two ministers intervened in a row sparked by an episode of the drama series Call the Midwife.

Penny Mordaunt, the women and equalities minister, and Jackie Doyle-Price, a health minister, wrote to the BBC to complain about its initial refusal to provide information about terminations after the February 3 episode in which a character died after a backstreet abortion.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/bbc-drops-ban-on-giving-abortion-advice-after-call-the-midwife-row-hv9d5zd73

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