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Reproductive Rights & Parenting

12th & Delaware

The seemingly sleepy intersection of Delaware Ave. and 12th St. in Fort Pierce, Fla. is ground zero for the ferocious abortion rights battle raging in America. On one corner stands the abortion clinic A Woman's World; across the street is the Pregnancy Care Center, an ambiguously named pro-life outpost dedicated to heading off abortion seekers at the pass. Directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing. 2010. 80 min.

A Healthy Baby Girl

Presents the filmmaker's experience of coping with her own hysterectomy at twenty five for cancer caused by her mother's use of D.E.S., a synthetic hormone administered to prevent miscarriage. A film by Judith Helfand. c1996. 57 min.

Reviews and articles:
Aufderheide, Patricia. "Judith Helfand: Secret Stories, Video Diaries, and Toxic Comedy." In: Exile cinema : filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood / Michael Atkinson, editor. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.D44 E97 2008)

Abortion and the Law

This 1965 television documentary investigates the controversy surrounding abortion before it was legalized in the United States, focusing on the moral, social, legal and psychological aspects of abortion. Presents interviews with clergymen, lawyers, and physicians who hold diametrically opposed views and tells of specific cases of abortion. Videodisc release of an episode of the television program CBS reports, originally broadcast on April 5, 1965. Reporters: Walter Cronkite; Eric Sevareid. 57 min.

Abortion Issue, When Does Human Life Begin?: May 20, 1981 (Nightline)

Program follows the history of family planning, abortion, infanticide, including global religious and legal viewpoints. 33 min.

Abortions - Stories from North and South.

Program follows the history of family planning, abortion, infanticide, including global religious and legal viewpoints. 1984. 54 min.

Access Denied

Addresses cutbacks in women's reproductive freedom and civil rights against the backdrop of Operation Rescue's religious anti-abortion ferver. Produced by ReproVision, the media collective of WHAM (Women's Health Action Mobilization). 1991. 28 min.

And Baby Makes Two.

Interviews five adult mothers who tell why they chose to have their unanticipated baby or actually planned to become single parents. They discuss the reactions of society and their families, meeting financial and emotional demands, male role models, etc. 1983. 30 min.

Birth Control and the Law

Until the Griswold case, which neutralized the Comstock Law and reinforced the right to privacy, the vast majority of Americans had little access to birth control. This television news program investigates urban overpopulation and the struggle to provide family planning counseling and contraceptives to those wanting them. Includes interviews with Margaret Sanger, Estelle Griswold, various religious and health officials and discusses the differences in moral attitudes towards birth control of Catholics and non-Catholics.

Birth of Perception: the American Story on RU-486

Explores the heated controversy in America surrounding the struggle to get the French abortion pill RU-486 (mifepristone) approved for use in the United States. Directed & written by Kristine Clark. c1997. 45 min.

Born to be Sold: Martha Rosler Reads the Strange Case of Baby M.

Martha Rosler discusses the social and economic implications of surrogate motherhood, using excerpts and quotations from media reports and court records of the Mary Beth Whitehead/Baby M case. c1988. 35 min.

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