CHOICE: Then & Now Series
Since 1991, the team at Concentric Media has continued to develop documentary media that supports keeping reproductive rights safe, legal, affordable and available. Our first film, WHEN ABORTION WAS ILLEGAL, focuses on the dangers of the back alleys. The message is that unless these services are available, women who are young and those who are poor may resort to the back alleys once again, as they did for a century when abortion was only available to the wealthy. The message of our next film, From DANGER to DIGNITY was and still is: to be aware of the history of women's reproductive rights. We need to remember how we moved from the back alleys to the protections of Roe v. Wade. The message of our third film, The FRAGILE PROMISE of CHOICE, is that there continues to be dangers for those committed to performing safe abortions. The hard-won protections for providers are vulnerable and the price of access is indeed eternal vigilance.
MOTHERHOOD by CHOICE, Not Chance distills key moments from each of the three films in the 2 1/2 hour-series, CHOICE: From the Back-Alleys to the Supreme Court & Beyond, by weaving together selected scenes and interviews from these provocative documentaries.
WHEN ABORTION WAS ILLEGAL: Untold Stories illuminates a largely undocumented era in women's history. First person stories reveal the physical, emotional and legal consequences of having or providing an abortion when it was a criminal act.
From DANGER to DIGNITY: The Fight for Safe Abortion weaves together two parallel stories: the evolution of underground networks that helped women find safe abortions outside the law, and the intensive efforts by activists and lawmakers to decriminalize abortion through legislative and judicial channels.
The FRAGILE PROMISE of CHOICE traces the current erosion of access to safe abortions, cutbacks in funding, and sieges of harassment and violence. Each of these attacks on women's reproductive rights affects the lives of abortion providers, and the women who seek their services. The women's clinics which provide abortion services almost always provide additional reproductive health care.
Choice At Risk
In response to escalating restrictions on reproductive rights, we are offering a video toolkit of resources at http://choiceatrisk.org.
"Using sensitive interviews and strong archival footage, these films document the complexity of this issue with accuracy and compassion."
Attorney representing Jane Roe
in the Supreme Court Case: Roe v. Wade