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Reproductive Freedom Film and Discussion; Words of Choice, April 3, NYC; Abortion, Birth Control, Pro-Choice Actions


“Words of Choice on Film” will be screened at Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen Street in New York City on Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 7 p.m. The one-hour film will be followed by a discussion about reproductive freedom with artists and activists.

“Words of Choice on Film” is an adaptation of a widely-seen touring theatrical program. Three actresses perform a dozen stories, serious and comic, about contraception, abortion, pregnancy, the religious right, and the fight for reproductive control. The film adaptation, produced by Linda Haskins, includes archival photo-graphy from Bettye Lane, Lisa Link and Dorothy Fadiman.

Joining the post-screening discussion will be:

*Cindy Cooper, creator of Words of Choice;

*Stephanie Morin of the Women’s Liberation Birth Control Project, which is fighting for affordable, accessible contraception;

*Bree Wellwood of the Haven Coalition, which finds shelter in the for needy women and girls who come to the New York for abortion services;

*Anita Schillhorn van Veen & Diana Witten, co-producers of a film-in-progress, “Vessel,” about Rebecca Gomperts and the Women on Waves ship.

“Words of Choice on Film” has won praise from critics. “A potent mix,” said Eleanor Bader, in Z Magazine. "Advocates of reproductive freedom will find much here to fuel discussion.” Video Librarian. “A great resource to show what choice means in a creative and dramatic way.” Naral Pro-Choice NY. “Honest, heartbreaking and witty.” Barbara Becker, Equal Shot.

Writers include Angela Bonavoglia, Kathy Najimy, Judith Arcana, Michael David Quinn, Kathleen Tolan, The Onion, Emily Lyons. Among the stories:

-A parent recounts a daughter’s rape and the feelings it provokes.
-A pregnant teen tries to remember the phone number of the father from their one-night stand.
-A newscaster describes the greatest contraceptive invention yet - the morning-after burrito.

This event is presented in conjunction with SWAN -- Support Women Artists Now, an initiative of the Fund for Women Artists.

There is no door charge; a basket will be passed.

April 3, 7 p.m.
Film Screening and Discussion about Reproductive Freedom, Arts and Actions
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street
New York City


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