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New Documentary Shows Ongoing Restrictions on Abortion in America: It's the 'Real-Life Handmaid's Tale


New Documentary Shows Ongoing Restrictions on Abortion in America: It's the 'Real-Life Handmaid's Tale
PEOPLE.com

“This film is the real-life Handmaidâs Tale.”That’s how Civia Tamarkin and Luchina Fisher, the filmmakers behind Birthright: A War Story, characterize their new documentary about the rapid swell of abortion restrictions in the United States.The documentary explores the numerous ways in which the pro-life movement has continuously worked to “roll back” access to abortion and routine health care for women over the past 40 years.“You are talking about a physical embattlement here,” Tamarkin tells PEOPLE. “Women are under siege. It’s pretty clear that from the moment the Roe vs. Wade ruling came down, the anti-abortion movement declared war.”Tamarkin and Fisher (both former PEOPLE writers) started work on the documentary following the 2014 Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case, which declared that the government cannot force for-profit corporations to provide contraceptive coverage for their female employees if their religion opposes such medication.

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