From Danger to Dignity: The Fight for Safe Abortion

FROM DANGER to DIGNITY: The Fight for Safe Abortion weaves together two parallel stories: the evolution of underground networks that helped women find safe abortions outside the law, and the intensive efforts by activists and legislators to decriminalize abortion through legislative and judicial channels. Even though most abortions were illegal in the United States before 1973, restrictive laws did not prevent abortions. However, the safety of an abortion depended on a woman's financial situation and her connections. A handful of individuals - doctors, skilled midwives, and others - provided relatively safe, low-cost care. Some physicians performed abortions for their wealthy private patients, charging thousands of dollars. Most women who sought abortions risked their lives by going to practitioners who had no medical training. Hospital wards were filled with victims of unsafe abortions.
After more than a century of backless tragedies, a national movement toward safe, legal abortion began in the 1960s. The documentary FROM DANGER to DIGNITY combines rare archival footage with interviews that document the courageous efforts of those who fought to break the silence, change the laws and end the shame which surrounded abortion when it was a crime.
  • RegisseurDorothy Fadiman, Beth Seltzer, Daniel Meyers
  • KameraDaniel Meyers
  • MusikErika Luckett
  • produziert vonDorothy Fadiman, Daniel Meyers, Concentric Media
  • LänderUSA
  • GenreDocumentary
  • Jahr1995
  • Länge57 min
  • ThemaAbbruch
  • Format16mm, 35mm, video, DVD, web (Colour, BW)
  • SprachenEnglish
  • Website
  • UntertitelGerman

  • Genre Documentary
  • Jahr 1995
  • Länge 57 min
  • Thema Abbruch
  • Länder USA
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