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Abortion: The choice by Macfarlane, Ursula

  • Story
  • Social interest
  • Moral relevance
  • Story
    Every year, 46 million women worldwide choose to have a termination. Despite certain restrictions abortion is legal in the United Kingdom. Therefore women in the United Kingdom are legally able to decide how to cope with an unwanted pregnancy. Nevertheless, legal or illegal, it is a decision they will have to live with for the rest of their lives. This film intimately follows women who are actually faced with an unwanted pregnancy throughout the decision making process and the eventual abortion. Emotional, upsetting and divisive, abortion remains one of the most hotly debated issues of our time. For some its a liberator - an essential human right. For others, its murder.

    Social Interest
    Ever since the second feminist wave and the coherent reproductive rights, abortion has had its advocates and opponents worldwide. The advocates are the and the opponents the pro-life. According to this film, abortion still divides us. In the United Kingdom however, the 1967 abortion act has made it possible for women to get an abortion. Yearly, 200,000 women have an abortion.

    Moral Relevance
    The abortion advocates, the Pro choice party state that women have the right to decide whether or not they are having a baby. The pro-life party on the other hand, thinks that the life of the unborn baby is more important. Therefore, there is a clash between the right of the woman to decide for herself whether or not to have a baby and the right of the future child to live. These moral dilemmas have led to different abortion laws all over the world.

    Macfarlane, Ursula
    Copyright Holder
    Java Films SARL
    57 min.
    Year of release

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