WATCH: The worldwide war against abortion rights: “If you keep pushing a fetus-first mentality, women are going to be punished”

Jul 14, 2017     Birthright   0 Comment     Reviews

Filmmakers Civia Tamarkin and Luchina Fisher on “Birthright,” their documentary on the reproductive-rights struggle

In June 2016, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in a case called Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the biggest abortion decision in at least a decade. The high court overturned most of a Texas law imposing medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion clinics, a law that was clearly meant to end abortion access with bureaucratic harassment.

But, as Civia Tamarkin and Luchina Fisher, the filmmakers behind the new documentary “Birthright: A War Story,” argue, the war over reproductive rights is hardly over. On the contrary, Republican-dominated state legislatures continue to come up with malicious laws designed to keep women from controlling when and how they give birth — or even whether they get pregnant in the first place. Arkansas, for instance recently passed a law giving the man who impregnated a woman control over her abortion decision — even in a case of rape.

On the history of abortion rights and feminism:

Tamarkin: “Once the courts made birth control legal and abortion legal, we had achieved that rung on the ladder, and then it was time to address all the issues that flowed out of that, which were opportunities. So we began to focus on education and the workplace and equal pay, even though there still is a wage gap.


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