Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
Reviews of films and videos produced in the past three decades on the subject of abortion can be found in Marie Costa's Abortion: A Reference Handbook,1 in which more than 30 are reviewed in some detail. Many are historical, describing the pre-Roe days of illegal abortion with resultant complications and deaths. One of the best is Dorothy Fadiman's When Abortion Was Illegal, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1992. Most of the early films and videos highlight the women seeking abortions, their hardships, access to services, indications justifying abortions, and legal and ethical issues. Rarely has the life of the physician who performs abortions played the central role (an exception being in the recent movie Cider House Rules, based on John Irving's novel).
ReproductionLive Free or Die. JAMA. 2002;287(9):1188-1189. doi:10.1001/jama.287.9.1188-JBK0306-2-1