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- Rating: *
- Audience: High School to Adult
- Price: Home use: $225.00
- Date: Copyright 1991. Released 1992.
- Descriptors: Abortion. Pro-choice movement. Women -
- Production Information: Live action. Produced by Julie Clark,
Dolly Meieran. Color. 28 min.
- Production Company: ReproVision
- Available from: Women Make Movies
462 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10013
- Cataloging: 363.46 Abortion - Moral and ethical aspects
||Women's rights||Pro-choice movement
- Print Entry #: 4:442
- Reviewer: Pat Turnbull
Access Denied is a 28-minute-long editorial in strong support of
freedom of choice in reproductive rights for women. Its tone is
clearly one-sided and adversarial toward such groups as Operation
Rescue that picket and harass women as they enter clinics -
whether their reason for going to the clinic is for an abortion
or not. Although the idea of maintaining freedom of choice in
reproduction is one that needs presentation for a teenaged or
older audience, this video is not adequate to meet that need.
There is no discernible structure to the video, which features
short excerpts from several individuals who appear several times,
occasionally identified, but usually not. This is interspersed
with short snippets of news anchors reporting the headlines of
the Supreme Court's ruling on the Webster v. Missouri case in
1991 and other recent pro-life court decisions. Also intermingled
are short clips of the historical "happy family" of the 1950s
with new baby, mother doing housework, and father going off to
work. Had the subject matter been more completely captioned and
designed with clear transitions, it would have been far more
However, as produced and edited, this video is an emotional
and often strident presentation with very biased content. The
technical quality is very uneven. Since many of the interviews
take place outside in a variety of places, audio quality is
uneven; the viewer in a few cases needs to adjust the volume in
order to hear what is being said. In addition, the photography
has the feel of a home movie as cameras sometimes show only a
portion of the person talking, and at other times seem to be
waving around to show a crowd. It is hard to imagine many
libraries spending the $225 price for this title.
Not recommended for purchase by libraries.