Our Bodies Our Doctors

PRESENTED BY: Online Event
6:00 PM, Tuesday, March 1, 2022 PST
Location: Online Event - Pacific Standard Time (click for map)

Meaningful Movies Wallingford presents this award-winning documentary about a rebellion in the field of medicine as a cohort of physicians faces abortion stigma within their own profession and confronts religious control over health care decisions. Their fight takes them into a larger struggle over the heart and soul of American medicine and a feminist vision of healthcare.

It was not very long after the passage of Roe v Wade in 1973 that abortion clinics and doctors came under attack by anti-abortion activists. With clinic bombings, death threats, and harassment targeting providers and their families, it appeared by the 1990s that few doctors were willing to provide this service. But beneath the surface, a quiet rebellion was taking place in the field of medicine. A number of doctors came out publicly as abortion providers, even as the many in the medical community viewed them as “rogue physicians.” This rebellion depended heavily on working with freestanding clinics and a new generation of female doctors coming into medicine.

The documentary features physicians of different generations who came to train in Oregon and Washington, states with some of the most liberal abortion laws, and follows one of these physicians as she travels to clinics in the South where there are few providers. The stories of these doctors are as deeply personal as they are political. Entering their daily work lives, we get a feeling for their connections with their patients and other practitioners and how those relational aspects of the work sustain them. We see how they incorporate feminist principles in thinking through ethical dilemmas associated with abortion care.

OUR BODES OUR DOCTORS takes viewers behind the scenes and into abortion clinics, pulling back the curtain on what remains one of the most stigmatized and mystified procedures in the health care field.

Join us for a screening of the film at 6PM (PST) followed by a panel discussion at 7:30PM (PST) with doctors featured in the documentary and a community conversation.

Registration is helpful but not required. To join this event directly on Zoom on March 1st, go here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87937116909?pwd=K25Fc3ByajUyY0crWUY1UDQrcVdzUT09

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-bodies-our-doctors-screening-community-conversation-tickets-272487165447

Special Guests: A doctor from the film

Release Year: 2019

Running Time: 80

Director: Jan Haaken; Samantha Praus

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