The Fight For Safe Abortion (57 min.)
Producers: Dorothy Fadiman, Beth Seltzer,
|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 legislators to decriminalize abortion through
legislative and judicial channels. Even though most abortions were illegal
in the United States before 1973, restrictive laws did not prevent abortions.
However, the safety of an abortion depended on a woman's financial situation
and her connections. A handful of individuals - doctors, skilled midwives,
and others - provided relatively safe, low-cost care. Some physicians performed
abortions for their wealthy private patients, charging thousands of dollars.
Most women who sought abortions risked their lives by going to practitioners
who had no medical training. Hospital wards were filled with victims of
After more than a century of backless tragedies, a national movement toward safe, legal abortion began in the 1960s. The documentary FROM DANGER to DIGNITY combines rare archival footage with interviews that document the courageous efforts of those who fought to break the silence, change the laws and end the shame which surrounded abortion when it was a crime.
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