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Contemporary World Issues

For Ms. McLoughlin's class

Contemporary World Issues: Civil Rights: Abortion


It Happens to Us. (1972) 30 mins. On Kanopy. Pls sign in with your Weston username and password to watch. 

First released in 1972, this film remains the classic plea for a woman's legal right to choose. Each of the main four methods are fully described by a physician and pertinent medical statistics are interspersed throughout. It presents the most cogent arguments, through the personal stories of a wide range of women both rich and poor, young and older, black and white, married and unmarried, as to why ending a pregnancy must remain an available choice. In particular, it reminds people of the consequences when abortion was illegal and what life was like before the Roe vs Wade 1973 Supreme Court decision.

The Abortion Divide. (2019) 53 mins. On Kanopy. Sign in with your Weston username and password to view.
Inside the fight over abortion through the stories of women struggling with unplanned pregnancies. Drawing on a landmark FRONTLINE film from the 1980s, a look at both sides of the divide in a community still embroiled in the conflict.