HBO Documentary Underscores the Battle Over Abortion

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A new HBO documentary attempts to offer an inside look at the battle over abortion being waged in our country. The film doesn't focus on courtrooms, legislative halls or debates, but on Main Streets all over America.The documentary is called “12th and Delaware,” referring to a street corner in Fort Pierce, Fla. The film tells the story of an abortion clinic on that corner and the pro-life counseling center which opened up directly across the street from its facilities.

Surprisingly, this kind of relationship has popped up in small towns and cities all across the country, and “12th and Delaware” tries to demonstrate the tension these battles bring to the towns, and the people involved. Filmmakers Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing co-directed the documentary.  They share some of their stories in making the film and discuss the significance of the abortion debate.

Guests:

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Comments [8]

Tammie from Florida

Were some of these other commenters watching the same documentary film I was? How could you possibly think it was biased in favor of abortion?? I think you just dont like the fact that youre 'pregnancy centers' are being uncovered. When my cousin was 16 she went to one for a pregnancy test, not knowing what they were. They gave her a free pregnancy test, told her that the results would take a little while, they put her in a room & forced her to watch gory movies about abortion. Hysterically crying, she tried to leave, without results even, they WOULDNT LET HER!! She finally went into the bathroom & snuck & called someone to come rescue her on her cell phone. They had to threaten to call the police, on the way out the door they yelled, "Oh, by the way, you're pregnant, please come back we can help you"
." So, Anne isn't the only wackjob running one of these pregnancy centers. When did lying & deceiving women become an acceptable way to help them with an unwanted pregnancy? George Tiller helped more women in a month than Anne ever will. Infact, if there was one thing I didnt like about the film, it was the fact that I wasnt able to give Anne & her, "the abortion table is the devil's altar" Priest friend a piece of my mind. Dont they care about these women & unwanted, abused now fetuses then children will be in 5 or 10 years? Why arent those idiots outside with signs spending time with some of the existing unwanted kids instead of just bringing more pain to a very painful time in women's lives?

Sep. 09 2010 11:28 AM
Mary Las Vegas

I believe no one should be forced to not have an abortion or to have one therefore,
if you are "pro-life" please do not have one.

Aug. 03 2010 02:08 PM
Mary from Massachusetts

Film was biased...in favor of abortion. The "prolifers" or anti-death people always talk about adoption as an alternative for cases like those shown in the film. NOT ONCE was adoption mentioned. Also, it showed the abortion clinic staff stating that the other side lies...about breast cancer link, age of the baby, etc. Not true. The brochures and studies on the breast cancer link are there, and are cited in the brochure that was shown in the film. I know because I have seen it. However, the abortionists often lie about the age of the baby, because they make more $$ the older the baby is! Also, there was no mention of the amount of money involved in this oh so caring abortion clinic. They are not doing this to "help" these girls. They made many mistatements like abortion is safer than carrying to term or having your tonsils out. Not true...and there is proof for it. The prolifers were made out to be religious nutcases and it's not true...amazing what skillful editing can do. The prolifers were also made out to be violent...pretty obvious smear and bias here. Also, it said that there were 4000 crisis pregnancy centers in US and only 813 abortion clinics. Not true. I believe Planned Parenthood may have about that number, but there are many many other abortion clinics and many hospitals do abortions also. Also, where were the photos/video of the aftermaths of the abortions? Where were the babies bodies? Oops...sorry, the "medical waste"? Where was the video of the girls after the abortion, when they are in pain, when they are crying tears of regret? Where? The prolifers were taken for a ride in this film, that's for sure. Research and learn for yourself. abortionno.org

Aug. 03 2010 12:49 AM
Ariana from Texas

Well, all I have to say is that I am glad you all have the Right to make that CHOICE in your life to believe what YOU want to believe and and CHOOSE what you feel is right in YOUR life. Now can you let others do that as well...or do you have to be in control of everybodies life manage your own before you manage others.

Aug. 02 2010 10:52 PM
Ainslie from Brooklyn, NY

On July 27th, Celeste Headlee interviewed two women who had made "12th and Delaware", and said on air and on the Takeaway's website that a "new HBO documentary attempts to offer an inside look at the battle over abortion being waged in our country. The film doesn't focus on courtrooms, legislative halls or debates, but on Main Streets all over America.The documentary is called “12th and Delaware,” referring to a street corner in Fort Pierce, Fla. The film tells the story of an abortion clinic on that corner and the pro-life counseling center which opened up directly across the street from its facilities."

Throughout the segment both Headlee and the two directors referred to the counseling center and its staff as "pro-life". Only once was the term "anti-abortion" used, and it was by one of the directors. I was quite upset that Ms. Headlee seemed unaware of the decision by NPR to eliminate the term "pro-life" in scripts and commentary last March.

This is the link to the segment:

http://www.thetakeaway.org/2010/jul/27/hbo-documentary-underscores-battle-over-abortion/

This is the link to the blog posting about the language decision
http://www.npr.org/blogs/ombudsman/2010/03/npr_changes_abortion_language.html

Thank you.

Jul. 30 2010 10:40 AM
Charles

Of all of the witless things I have heard on The Takeaway, the reigning champion might just be the abortion clinic operator who thought that the pro-life activists across the stree "Don't have a life." Words simpy fail, in that regard.

But if that weren't enough, just moments later, John Hockenberry had fun with BP's outgoing CEO Tony Hayward's now-infamous comment that he just wanted his life back.

That sarcasm cuts both ways, John. I suppose that the reason that you, and I and Tony Hayward and documentary film makers can all laugh together, is because we weren't aborted.

"Liberal media bias"; that's my Takeaway.

Jul. 27 2010 09:47 AM
kathleen mastrangelo from Birmingham Michigan

As I listened to the start of your introduction to the 12th nd Delaware segment I was filled with excitement that a non-biased documentary was finally being done about the subject. My eyes filled with tears as I listened to another one-sided view that makes "Anne" out to be some single/simple-minded pro abortion freak while protraying the abortion doctor out to be the victim.
As a person who has worked as a Doula in Detroit, helping 12,13 and 14-year olds bring their babies into this world all the while providing support through an interactive mentoring and teaching program, I am deeply saddened by this single-sided view of "all those crazy pro-life people" who add little value but to antagonize the other side. Good work is being done by many good, bright and eductated people to truly help women who choose to bring their children into this world.

Jul. 27 2010 09:24 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Women and men feel shame over abortion because they know it's a horrible and wrong thing to do, and this won't change.

Jul. 27 2010 08:10 AM

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