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Choice at Risk: Women’s History Month Special Program
Date Tuesday March 29
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
Los Altos Library
San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA 94024
Event Type Screening
Film * Speaker * Q&A * Light Refreshments

Filmmaker, Author, Teacher
The History: When Abortion Was Illegal & The Struggle to Legalize Abortion

The Supreme Court has just heard a case from Texas that represents the gravest threat in years to women’s right to access legal, safe abortions. The case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, centers around the latest tactic being used by anti-choice activists: targeted regulation of abortion providers, or TRAP. Over twenty state legislatures have attempted to severely restrict access to clinics by imposing burdensome, nearly impossible to meet requirements on the clinics.

These restrictions are causing clinics around the country to close their doors, leaving millions of women without any affordable access. In states that have passed TRAP legislation, the majority of women who suffer from the loss of access are the poor. In Texas in particular, those most targeted are poor Latinas.

For this Women’s History Month special program, Dorothy Fadiman will present selections from her Emmy Award-winning film trilogy, From the Back Alleys to the Supreme Court and Beyond. This deeply moving documentary presents the stark history of what life was like for American women before abortion was made legal, safe and widely available, all elements now at risk of returning. Dorothy will also present portions of her documentary that record the history of women demanding their rights, resulting in Roe v Wade.

Post Film Discussion: the ramifications of the recent Supreme Court case, the wide-ranging and highly organized use of TRAP laws nationally to challenge women’s hard-won rights, and what the future of freedom of choice might look like.

We will begin the program with a very brief video tribute to Berta Cáceres, the Honduran environmental and indigenous rights activists who was recently assassinated.

Free and open to all. Wheelchair accessible.
Please let us know if you plan to attend. Click here.

Sponsored by
Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
Los Altos Library
Added to the calendar on Wednesday Mar 23rd, 2016 3:07 PM
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