Années 60 :
- la jeune fille, 17 ans, mariée : " Est ce que je suis à nouveau enceinte ?"
- le médecin : " Oui , je vous avais dit de ne pas être à nouveau enceinte !"
- la jeune fille : " Mais, Docteur, vous ne m'avez pas dit comment !"
When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories illuminates a largely
undocumented era, from the end of the 19th century through the Roe v.
Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973.
This Academy Award-nominated film features compelling first person
accounts, which reveal the physical, legal, and emotional consequences
during the era when abortion was a criminal act. Until recently, the
era of illegal abortion had been a "sealed chapter" in U.S. women's
The aura of shame surrounding unwanted pregnancies and abortion before
Roe v. Wade kept most women from ever admitting that they had had
illegal abortions - an experience which many had faced, but about which
few ever spoke.
Women suffering complications from back alley or self-induced abortions
avoided admitting what they had done. As a result, many women died from
untreated infections while some hemorrhaged to death. Candid interviews
reveal the tragedies, as well as the courage and heroism of a shrouded
time. This poignant oral history weaves together the untold stories of
these women with the work of individuals who risked arrest in order to
This movie is part of the collection: Fadiman Social Documentaries
Director: Dorothy Fadiman
Producer: Dorothy Fadiman, Daniel Meyers
Production Company: Concentric Media
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