‘Birthright: A War’ Documentary Presents Real-life ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

Birthright: A War Story screens April 26 in Piedmont and April 28 in Oakland

Birthright: A War Story examines what has happened to women’s reproductive rights in America since the historic Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 legalized abortion. Director Civia Tamarkin traces the strategy the anti-abortion movement has used to make reproductive choice unavailable, even if it is still legal: For over 40 years it has played the long game, working state by state to pass laws that chip away at women’s reproductive healthcare options. The war story that Birthright traces is a war of attrition.

Tamarkin presents haunting, personal stories of women trapped in the confines of these new laws interwoven with expert voices of activists and historians. We learn how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America. One couple, Robb and Danielle Deaver, share the horrors they endured as a direct result of Nebraska’s law banning abortions after 20 weeks, predicated on questionable science and similar to laws in 25 other states.

In California, where access to reproductive care is relatively secure, many may not realize how successful the anti-abortion forces have been in rewriting state law, and using courts and religious doctrine, to govern women’s reproductive rights.

Birthright: A War Story also highlights that for women with financial means, abortion is likely to remain accessible and safe.  But for low-income women of all ethnicities, especially those on Medicaid and in a growing number of states, access to abortion and contraception has already become scarce and dangerous; they are caught up in a draconian web of laws and corporate policies surrounding reproductive medical care of all kinds.

These developments are now a public health crisis which is increasing maternal mortality, turning pregnant women into criminals, and challenging the constitutional protections of every woman in America. This is the real-life “Handmaid’s Tale”.

Free screenings of Birthright: A War Story

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Ellen Driscoll Playhouse
325 Highland Ave
Piedmont, Calif.
6:30  Reception
7:00  Film
8:45  Discussion

Saturday, April 28, 2018**
The New Parkway Theater
474 24th St., Oakland, Calif.
Food for purchase
3:00  Film and Discussion

** Check at www.thenewparkway.com — Warriors playoff schedule may force a change of date or time.

Further information at: diversityfilmseries.org, and at the film’s website: www.birthrightfilm.com.  Questions?  Email anita@diversityfilmseries.org.