Ever since the gynaecologist Kristina Hänel was sentenced to afine for violating §219a StGB by offering abortion services on her website, the debate about reproductive rights in Germany has returned to the spotlight of mainstream political and media debate.
In February 2018 a majority in Parliament voted in favour of changing the law. However, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) retracted thei...
Aufbruch in die Freiheit
1971 auf dem Land: Erika Gerlach ist verzweifelt, als der Arzt feststellt: schwanger. Noch ein Baby? Die Frage wird ihre Ehe erschüttern und Erika vor folgenschwere Entscheidungen stellen.
A girl and a woman meet in an airport departure gate. Just before they board a plane to Manchester, we witness a private exchange as they share the different reasons that brought them to this moment, and the traumatic journey that awaits them.
That’s One Small Step
The year is 1969, a man has just landed on the moon but abortion in Canada is still illegal. Veronica is a conservative cop who fakes a pregnancy to gain evidence on a doctor performing underground abortions. She’s just about to make the arrest of a lifetime when a pregnant girl barges in desperate for help. The dramatic encounter with a dying girl gives her a change of heart.
The Traveling Abortion Doctor
"The Provider," a documentary by Maya Cueva and Leah Galant, follows traveling abortion provider Dr. Shannon Carr to Dallas, Texas, where she performs legal and safe abortions, despite the vigorous anti-abortion stigma and legislation.
This film is part of The Atlantic Selects, a showcase of short documentaries by independent creators and curated by The Atlantic.
Ute Wellstein: Holland cruises
As a young woman, Ute Wellstein was committed to the right to abortion. With pregnant women, the medical student took a bus to Holland every week and accompanied the abortions.
Ute Wellstein: Pill for wives only
Ute Wellstein wanted to be prescribed the pill as a student. But it wasn't that easy - because many doctors only gave it to married women. She asserted herself and found help at Pro Familia.
The history of contraception in 6 minutes
What is the purpose of the bidet? How does the spiral work and what does Coca Cola have to do with contraception? Since 2007, the first and only museum in the world dedicated to contraception and abortion has been investigating these issues.
Using objects, images and stories, the MUVS tells the painful battle for fertility control. Starting from antiquity, through the Middle Ages to the pre...
Birthright: A War Story
Birthright: A War Story is a feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America. The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to gove...
Philomena is the true story of one mother’s search for her lost son.
Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him in vain.
Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world...