Legal But Out of Reach: Six Women's Abortion Stories
Client: National Network of Abortion Funds www.nnaf.org
Length: 22 minutes
"Attie and Goldwater's production Legal But Out of Reach has been invaluable. The film has proven to be a timeless resource in our work to raise awareness about the economic barriers low-income women face . . ."
—Stephanie Poggi, Executive Director, National Network of Abortion Funds
Description: Legal But Out of Reach intertwines the stories of six women and girls who seek abortions but do not have access to the necessary funds until they are helped by abortion funds (member organizations of the National Network of Abortion Funds.) The 'characters' range from a scared 11—year—old girl and her mother, to a 30—year—old single mother in hiding from an abusive husband. These stories, shot and edited in a straightforward documentary style, expose the many challenges faced by poor women who seek to end unwanted pregnancies, and the critical role that abortion funds play in states where Medicaid funding does not cover the cost of the procedure.
Client goal: National Network of Abortion Funds is a national organization that provides logistical and organizational backup to its member funds across the country. Legal But Out of Reach was commissioned to provide both the national office and the member funds with an ongoing fundraising tool for house parties and other organizational events; and to have an educational video to share with educators and activists seeking to raise awareness about economic barriers to access to abortion.