Roe v. Wade gave every woman the right to have an abortion. Since 2011, over half the states in the nation have significantly restricted access to abortions. In 2016, abortion remains one of the most divisive issues in America, especially in Missouri, where each year sees more restrictions. Award winning director and Missouri native Tracy Droz Tragos sheds new light on the contentious issue, with a focus not on the debate, but rather on the women themselves: those struggling with unplanned pregnancies, the providers who show up at clinics to give medical care, as well as the activists on the sidewalks hoping to sway decisions and lives.
Abortion: Stories Women Tell portrays an intimate window into the lives of these women through their personal stories, which come to life brilliantly through the gentle and respectful approach by the filmmaker and her team. Some are heartbreaking and tender, some are bleak and frightening, while others simply inform us of the strength and capacity of young women to overcome and persevere through often-tragic circumstances.
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Tracy Droz Tragos is an award-winning independent filmmaker. With Rich Hill (2014, Sundance Grand Jury Prize), Tragos explored rural poverty through the intimate lens of vulnerable adolescents. Her first film was Be Good, Smile Pretty (2004, Emmy for Best Documentary), about her family’s grief, thirty-five years after the Vietnam War.