The latest installment in Upstate Films’ Engage series of social justice documentaries, coming to Rhinebeck on Saturday, February 9, will be No Choice, a selection of shorts from Bill Moyers’ series on abortion in America. The screening begins at noon and will be followed by a panel and audience discussion. Anchored by Ruth-Ellen Blodgett, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley, the panel also includes Robin Marty, author of Handbook for a Post-Roe America, and Lisa Graves, co-director of Documented, a watchdog group that documents corporate influence on our democracy.
Over the past five years, hundreds of incremental changes in state laws have slowly chipped away at women’s reproductive rights. Yet in the midst of this climate, women and men have stepped up to be heard – from the day after Trump’s inauguration, when millions marched in protest, to the current #MeToo moment, in which thousands are breaking their silence to speak out about sexual harassment and abuse, to demonstrations against the latest attempts to cut funding for Planned Parenthood and legislate further restrictions. This selection of shorts from Bill Moyers’ No Choice series will provide a glimpse at what the US was like before abortion was legal and how Roe v. Wade made a difference.
Admission to this event is free, thanks to support from the Anonymous Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. However, donations will be taken at the door ($10 suggested) to benefit Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley.
No Choice, a selection of shorts from Bill Moyers’ series on abortion in America, Saturday, Feb. 9, noon, $10 suggested donation, Upstate Films, 6415 Montgomery St. (Route 9), Rhinebeck, (845) 876-2515, https://upstatefilms.org