In this episode we will talk about abortion rights and political protest in the United States and about films and series.
Our guests is Gretchen Sisson, a qualitative sociologist whose research focuses on social constructions of parenthood, specifically examining teen pregnancy and young parenthood, infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, and adoption and birth motherhood. Her current research focuses on representations of abortion and reproductive decision-making in popular culture, including film and television. She is working in the collaborative research group “Advancing New Standards in Reproductive” at the University of California in San Francisco.
Also with us is the New York City based film critic and journalist Marietta Steinhart. She is a member of the network DEINE KORRESPONDENTIN.
“DIRTY DANCING remains a favorite film in 1987 and it’s funny that people forget that the movie is about abortion. The characters have no other motivation driving forward than helping someone to get an abortion. The whole reason why BABY is going to dance is to recover for PENNY so that she can get an abortion.”
In this episode of CHOICE we are focussing on abortion rights in Colombia. We are talking to Mónica Roa, a Colombian Lawyer for Human Rights. She is founder and director of the organization BRIDGES and has been working for Women’s Link Worldwide for more than 12 years. In 2006 she became a public figure when she filed a constitutional lawsuit that resulted in the liberalization of abortion laws in Colombia. Our second guest is Franziska Pröll – a freelance german Journalist that – during the last year – has been reporting from Colombia on social an educational topics, amongst others for or the german newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and ZEIT online.
„Reproductive rights means that YOU are the one that gets to decide if you want to use contraceptives, if you want an abortion or if you want to have a child. And the state cannot impose that decision on you. During those years of conflict women within the guerrilla were being forced to have abortions, women outside the guerrilla in urban life were being prohibited to have an abortion – in both cases the state was not protecting or respecting our reproductive rights.“ (Mónica Roa)
2018 passierte in Irland Erstaunliches. Im stark katholisch geprägten Land das Verbot von Schwangerschaftsabbrüchen per Referendum gekippt und ist seitdem bis zur 12. Schwangerschaftswoche legal. Wir sprechen mit der Autorin und Journalistin Una Mullally, die mit Repeal the 8th Anthology eine Sammlung von Schriften, Gedichten und Fotografien herausgegeben hat, die die Wucht der Kampagne für reproduktive Rechte im Land im Jahr 2018 einfangen. Sie ist Kolumnistin für The Irisch Times. Ebenfalls aus Irland, in Kinsale, ist die deutsche Auslandskorrespondentin und Journalistin Mareike Graepel vom Netzwerk DEINE KORRESPONDENTIN. „Sobald man das Schweigen bricht, bricht man auf eine Art auch mit dem Stigma, und sobald man das Stigma bricht, bricht man auch mit der Scham.“ Una Mullally