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Women Take the Reel Film Festival: TRAPPED by Dawn Porter

March 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A screening of the documentary Trapped by Dawn Porter, followed by a panel discussion with Professor Jessica Silbey (School of Law) and Assistant Professor Brooke Foucault Welles (Communications Studies & Network Science).

U.S. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open.

Since 2010, 288 laws regulating abortion providers have been passed by state legislatures. In total, 44 states and the District of Columbia have measures subjecting abortion providers to legal restrictions not imposed on other medical professionals. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary laws, clinics have taken their fight to the courts. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt) that prevents individual states from essentially outlawing abortion. Trapped follows the clinic workers and lawyers who were on the front lines of the battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.

This annual film festival is a collaborative effort among Women's and Gender Studies departments involved in the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies (as well as select institutions/universities aligned with its mission) that features films about issues relating to gender, race, sexuality, class and/or feminism. The focus is on the intellectual investigation of these issues, so every film is accompanied by a Q&A and discussion with the film director, producer, local activists and practitioners, and/or faculty members from the host institution for each film. All films are free and open to the public.


March 16, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Categories:
Community Engagement


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
Graduate Consortium in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality


Behrakis Health Sciences Center, 310
30 Leon Street
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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