Reproduction & Abortion Week: When Abortion Was Illegal

This piece on When Abortion Was Illegal, by Amber Leab, originally appeared at Bitch Flicks on June 17, 2009.


In this 1992 documentary directed by Dorothy Fadiman, women (and men) tell their stories about illegal abortions, reminding us of the necessity of safe and legal access for women.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 1993, and is the first in a three-part series about abortion in America.

The other two films in the series, From Danger to Dignity: The Fight for Safe Abortion and The Fragile Promise of Choice: Abortion in the U.S. Today, are also available for free online.