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Culture Corner—Reversing Roe

May 9, 2022

Film: “Reversing Roe,” a documentary, 2018, directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg

This documentary “Reversing Roe” lays out the history behind the fight for legal and safe abortions: the partial victories, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized them in all states, and then the pushback that sought to outlaw them once again. The film gives voice to women seeking to control their own lives and bodies and the hard choices they make to live a decent life in this crazy society that offers only lower paying jobs and expensive health care. They face bad parental leave policies, exorbitant child care and no support system. The film shows how the right to abortion was under concerted and ever-increasing attacks from its inception until today. It reveals the laws passed that made it harder and harder to gain abortion access, and how clinic after clinic was forced to close. Visitors and workers at the clinics were harassed and even shot at and killed. As we face the imminent possibility of the repeal of the Roe v. Wade decision, this film is an important review of what happens when we let politicians make decisions over our lives.

Available on Netflix.