FROM the BACK-ALLEYS to the SUPREME COURT & BEYOND
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The documentaries in the Trilogy, FROM the BACK-ALLEYS to the SUPREME
COURT & BEYOND, do not engage in the debate over the morality of abortion.
Instead, these videos document the history of abortion rights and provide
insight into the increasing challenges to the availability and affordability
of safe abortion care. These documentaries can be used to generate discussion
on a range of topics, including:
The bibliography of this study guide lists books about the history of abortion rights, as well as current issues. Various web sites provide up-to-date fact sheets on abortion such as trends, statistics, and current legislation in the United States.
POSSIBLE DISCUSSION GROUP FORUMS
If you plan to use the videos to lead into discussion, prepare a list of ideas relating to the topic(s) you have chosen. Because the discussion will tend to move toward people expressing their own feelings about these issues, it is useful for the leader to have more general topics to introduce.
DISCUSSION LEADER NOTES and GUIDELINES
Because abortion is a sensitive and complex issue, it's useful to set guidelines before the screening for the discussion which will follow after everyone has seen the video. Such as, in order to avoid arguments which short-circuit meaningful dialogue, ask participants to agree that everyone present is responsible for keeping the discussion respectful. Ask people to speak one at time, and raise their hands to be called on. Read all guidelines to the group before, and then recap afterward. The questions in this study guide will enable you to provide additional insights into the videos.
This guide sets up most of the questions by referring to points which interviewees brought out, or by recounting what was shown in a particular scene. If someone cannot remember the context, the leader or another participant who remembers the scene more vividly, can recall and summarize the situation for the group.
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