Abortion: Stories Women Tell
In 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade recognized the right of every woman in the United States to have an abortion. Since 2011, over half the states in the nation have significantly restricted access to abortions. In 2016, abortion remains one of the most divisive issues in America, especially in Missouri, where only one abortion clinic remains open, patients and their doctors must navigate a 72-hour waiting period, and each year sees more restrictions.
Awarding-winning director and Missouri native Tracy Droz Tragos sheds new light on the contentious issue with a focus not on the debate, but rather on the women themselves – those struggling with unplanned pregnancies, the providers who show up at clinics to give medical care, as well as the activists on both sides of the issue hoping to sway decisions and lives.
Abortion: Stories Women Tell offers an intimate window into the lives of these women through their personal stories. Some are heartbreaking and tender some are bleak and frightening; some women, on both sides of the issue, find the choice easy to make due to their own circumstances and beliefs, while others simply inform us of the strength and capacity of women to overcome and persevere through complicated and unexpected circumstances.
Abortion: Stories Women Tell presents a candid dialogue about one of the timeliest issues facing America today.
The documentary had its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
Abortion: Stories Women Tell is produced and directed by Tracy Droz Tragos; edited by Christopher Roldan, Monique Zavistovski, Dan Duran; cinematography by Kamau Bilal, Judy Phu; music by Nathan Halpern; co-producer, Dan Duran; consulting editor, Geof Bartz, A.C.E. For HBO: senior producer, Sara Bernstein; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.