Although this documentary was done in the early 1980s, the same issues are alive and well today. From forced abortions in China to fit the “one child policy” to mothers who aren’t ready for the burden of motherhood. Abortion isn’t an easy topic to tackle but this documentary does a fantastic job of outlining the situations real women face on a daily basis around the world.
- old seminary transformed into an abortion clinic
- pregnancy termination is a very complex issue and a very difficult situation for many woman to deal with even once they have entered the clinics wall
- Christian group try to trick woman away from their choice to have an abortion
- abortionist has no problem with this title but does have problem with being defined only as an abortionist when the doctor provides far more services to the woman then simply pregnancy termination services
- clinic offers counseling for each of the patients before and after the procedure
- Christians essentially equate a first term child with a fully developed human being but in a smaller form factor
- many of the woman seeking abortions do so because of financial and societal pressures that would adversely affect their life in a negative way
- woman seeking abortions seem to come from dysfunctional families on the lower side of the economical and educational ladder (at least in this documentary)
- abortion occurs in a very clinical setting by people who are professionals at dealing with the various issues associated with the procedure
- entire abortion takes only a few minutes to perform from start to finish and seems like a relatively painless procedure when compared to childbirth
- emotional impact doesn’t seem to hit the patient until after the procedure is completed
- first trimester material is mostly placental, not a fully formed small human being that Christians anti-abortionists claim
- abortionist admits that second term abortions can take their toll emotionally, hence, first term abortions are preferred (sooner is always better)
- anti-abortionists try to associate an emotional connection with their unborn child, giving it human traits such as ability to suck their thumb, heartbeat, brainwaves, bowel movements etc.
- interesting anti-abortionist quote: “it’s not whether to have a baby or not, the baby is already there, the question is what to do with the baby”
- anti-abortionists focus on the graphic nature of having an abortion performed instead of the emotional, lifelong toll of woman having children they cannot take care of
- dedication of both anti-abortionists and doctors performing abortions for their causes is admirable
- clinical counseling asks very tough questions to the soon to be potential patient and lets them know that alternatives are available
- anti-abortionists paint a rosy picture of what happens if they keep the baby no matter how bad their situation in life really is
I am sure that having an abortion is a very difficult decision for any woman to face no matter their socio-economical background but in this documentary, I am surprised at how down and out the woman really are. Their decisions are not based on the love for their child but on the burden it may have on them and their family. Another interesting observation is how the boyfriend during the two abortions performed on camera are nowhere to be seen and aren’t the most upstanding citizens to begin with. On a final note, if you take away the religious philosophies behind the anti-abortionists beliefs, their arguments have absolutely no legs to stand on.
The Bottom Line
Abortion should be a freely available option for any woman who thinks, justifiably or not, that she isn’t really for motherhood.