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WHEN ABORTION WAS ILLEGAL: Untold Stories (28 min.)
Compelling personal accounts reveal the physical, legal, and emotional consequences during the era when abortion was a crime in the United States.  Doctors who risked imprisonment by providing illegal procedures, women who experienced back-alley abortions,  and others who broke the law by helping women find safe care speak frankly, some for the first time. 

FROM DANGER to DIGNITY: The Fight for Safe Abortion (57 min.)
After more than a century of back-alley tragedies, a national movement to decriminalize abortion took root.  FROM DANGER TO DIGNITY combines rare archival footage with present-day interviews to weave together two parallel stories: the evolution of ‘underground’ networks which helped women find safe abortions outside the law and the intensive efforts of activists and legislators who broke the silence and changed the laws. 

THE FRAGILE PROMISE of CHOICE: Abortion in the U.S. Today (57 min.)
The World Health Organization estimates that unsafe abortions cause more than 75,000 deaths annually, worldwide.  GIRE, a major reproductive rights group in Mexico, estimates 1,000,000 abortions take place each year in Mexico and 1,500 women die from clandestine procedures.  Socio-economic and legal constraints, even in nations where abortion is technically legal and available, including the United States, prevent millions of women from obtaining adequate medical care.  Situations in the United States that this video addresses include the crises of access and affordability, the atmosphere of harassment and violence for doctors and clinic workers, the impact of growing state and local legislative restrictions for women seeking care, the complexity of religious issues, and the provider crisis. 

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THE TRILOGY: FROM the BACK-ALLEYS to the SUPREME COURT & BEYOND - Audio Tapes  (150 min.)

CONCENTRIC MEDIA has produced five half-hour radio programs entitled FROM the BACK-ALLEYS to the SUPREME COURT & BEYOND with radio producer Frieda Werden. These tapes are edited from the original soundtracks of the films in the Trilogy. Audio tapes are available from Concentric Media.

Downloadable audio files available free! The University at Albany, SUNY has published RealAudio versions of the Trilogy audio tapes. See

DEAR Dr. SPENCER: Abortion in a Small Town  (26 min.)
DEAR Dr. SPENCER is the story of a physician who performed illegal abortions, and the small town that shielded him from the law. At a time when abortion was so shameful that the word was rarely spoken, he did more than 40,000 abortions for women who came to him from all over the country.

FIX-IT SHOPS: An Endangered Species  (6 min.)
FIX-IT SHOPS takes an affectionate look behind the scenes at Menlo Park's Vacuum & Fix-It Shop, which repairs small appliances. In this intimate portrait, viewers meet the people whose dedication, patience, and skill contribute to their own community, as well as to the urban ecosystem, by reducing unnecessary waste in landfills.

 Fadiman Productions: Other Work by Dorothy Fadiman

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