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Abortion Helpline

ABORTION HELPLINE, THIS IS LISA, winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Shorts at AFI Docs 2020, is a powerful short documentary that exposes how economic stigma and cruel legislation determines who in America has access to abortion. At a women’s health fund in Philadelphia, phone counselors—all called Lisa to protect their anonymity—arrive each morning to the nonstop ring of calls from people who are seeking to end a pregnancy and can’t afford to. In 1976, only three years after Roe v. Wade became the law of the land, the Hyde Amendment was enacted with the explicit intention of denying poor individuals—those receiving Medicaid—access to abortion. By giving voice to those affected by discriminatory policies, the film exposes how legislation like the Hyde Amendment ties access to abortion to economic status and denies reproductive justice. As we head into election season, ABORTION HELPLINE, THIS IS LISA is an essential tool for helping Americans understand the brutal legacy of the Hyde Amendment and why its repeal has become a litmus test for progressive politicians.
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Main credits

Attie, Barbara (film director)
Attie, Barbara (film producer)
Goldwater, Janet (film director)
Goldwater, Janet (film producer)
Attie, Mike (film director)
Attie, Mike (film producer)
Attie, Mike (photographer)

Other credits

Editing, Valerie Keller, Sharon Mullaly; camera, Mike Attie; original score, Timothy Day.


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Distributor subjects

Activism, Human Rights, Law, Public Health, Racism, Reproductive Rights, Young Women

Keywords

Public Health, Social Issues, Gender Issues; "Abortion Helpline"; Women Make Movies