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Reversing Roe

Director:  Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg
Year Released:  2018
Rating:  3.0

Superb documentarians Stern and Sundberg examine the current state of Roe v. Wade - about a woman's right to choose to terminate a pregnancy - and how, over the years, politicians 'influenced' by evangelical Christians have been 'persuaded' to try to defeat it in the Supreme Court. There have been numerous films made about the controversial topic of abortion recently - Tony Kaye's Lake of Fire being one of the best - but this holds its own, mostly because of how crisply constructed and even tempered it is: they aren't panicked (yet), but they are concerned about what they (correctly) call the 'assault on women,' and the vile undercurrent of misogyny that flows through the veins of part of America, with some very vocal men (cough, Rick Perry) leading the fight against them (they do throw in a fascinating mention of how, in the past, Republicans were actually pro-choice!). Naturally, none of what's presented here is going to change anyone's mind on the topic, and I still can't get over the hubris of some freaks who try to shame women from making one of the most difficult decisions of their lives: leave them the hell alone, and worry about your own lives (and internal problems you're all no doubt trying to suppress).

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