||Speakers. Breaking the Silence: “I Had an Abortion”
years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in the landmark legal case,
Roe vs. Wade. The debate about abortion continues to rage on in the public
policy arena, but what about the private sphere? For multiple reasons, women talking openly
about abortion is very rare in today’s society despite the fact that 35% of all
women in the U.S. will have an abortion by the age of 45. This film gives voice
to women that chose abortion when faced with a problem pregnancy.
“Why talk about our abortions? Nearly 1.3 million women get abortions each
year in the U.S. alone. For most, it is a secret. The debate itself is loud and
paralyzing while the voices of the women who get abortions are submerged.” I
Had an Abortion, directed by Gillian Aldrich and co-produced by Jennifer
Baumgardner, documents the stories of 11 women ranging in age from 21 to 85.
The film cuts across race, religion, region, class, sexuality, and politics—demonstrating
that abortion affects all women. The
film is 55 minutes long.