by Eleanor J. Bader

Motherhood by Choice, Not Chance

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman has directed and narrated a riveting short documentary about legislative threats to abortion and what it’s like for women to be without access to comprehensive reproductive health services. “Motherhood by Choice” opens with Fadiman recounting her own illegal, back-alley, pre-Roe v. Wade abortion. Blindfolded and taken to an unknown location, the filmmaker describes the horrific surgery and then reminds viewers that “when abortion was illegal thousands of women died.” Nurses who worked in hospitals and treated women suffering from infections, as well as a doctor who performed illegal procedures and a minister who counseled women through the underground Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion, offer their accounts of these bad old days.

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