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Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region Hosts Screening of Documentary Film "I Had An Abortion"

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Joan Carr
Director of Community Affairs
(901) 725-3008


Published: 01.08.09| Updated: 01.08.09

MEMPHIS, TN — On January 22 at 6:30 p.m., Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region will host a screening of “I Had An Abortion,” a 55 minute-long film by Gillian Aldrich and Jennifer Baumgardner at First Congregational Church’s Pilgrim House Conference Center. A short panel discussion will follow at 7:30 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public, but donations are requested.

 

What:  Screening of “I Had An Abortion”

When:  January 22, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.

Where:   First Congregational Church

Pilgrim House Conference Center

1000 South Cooper

Memphis, TN 38104

(Enter from Blythe Street parking lot)

 

The film “I Had An Abortion” features the stories of 10 American women, including one from Memphis, who candidly tell about their abortion experiences. Their stories trace the history of abortion in the U.S., from the time before Roe v. Wade when abortion was illegal, to the present day. The women tell of the circumstances that led them to make the difficult choice to terminate a pregnancy; their struggles to receive accurate information about the procedure; and their experiences and emotions before and after having an abortion.

One of the women featured in the film lived in Memphis when she became pregnant during her senior year of high school. Her story, and the reason she felt she had to make the difficult decision to terminate her pregnancy, may surprise and outrage some viewers.

Each year 1.3 million American women have abortions, yet the topic is so stigmatized that few ever discuss their experiences. The film “I Had An Abortion” tackles the taboo subject in a way that is powerful and thought-provoking. For more information about the film, click here.

            The panel discussion to follow will address birth control and abortion rights, feminism, and a proposed change in the Tennessee constitution that could endanger a woman’s right to basic reproductive health services. Planned Parenthood hopes to inspire a new generation of activists who will stand up to defend rights that benefit all women that were won by activists decades ago.

For more information about the screening and panel discussion, please contact Joan Carr, Director of Community Affairs at (901) 725-3008. Visit our website at http://www.ppgmr.org/.

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Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region (PPGMR), founded in 1938, is an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. PPGMR’s mission is to ensure broad public access to reproductive and related health care through clinic services, education, advocacy and community partnerships in serving 42 counties in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas.

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