Abortion: Stories Women Tell (NR)
Her story is not uncommon, but it's rare to hear on film. Many pro-choice docs, like the 2013 Emmy Award–winning After Tiller, focus on women who have abortions for reasons some anti-choicers might find sympathetic — their fetuses wouldn't survive birth. But with one exception, this film doesn't go there. It turns instead to patients who've chosen abortion to save their families from additional hardship.
This doc is a tearjerker, but it's also enraging. Taken together, these stories add up to a larger and deeply troubling narrative about what it's like to be a woman living in America today. Systemic sexism, racism, spousal abuse, insufficient health care — society castigates women at every turn, the film argues, and anti-abortion laws further assault women's rights. Still, Abortion: Stories Women Tell won't change many minds. It's too straightforward. But by providing women a platform to tell their personal stories, it fortifies the arguments of those who already agree with it, and it does so with a frankness that cuts through the heart.