Abortion Helpline, This is Lisa (short)

Abortion Rights
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Barbara Attie
Mike Attie
Janet Goldwater


Streaming July 28 - November 28

At an abortion helpline in Philadelphia, phone counselors—all calling themselves Lisa to protect their anonymity—arrive each morning to the nonstop ring of calls from women and teens who are seeking to end a pregnancy and can’t afford to. In 1976, only three years after Roe v. Wade became the law of the land, the Hyde Amendment was enacted with the explicit intention of denying poor individuals—those receiving Medicaid—access to abortion. By giving voice to those affected by discriminatory policies, the film exposes how legislation like the Hyde Amendment ties access to abortion to economic status and denies reproductive justice. Abortion Hotline, This Is Lisa is an essential tool for helping Americans understand the brutal legacy of the Hyde Amendment and why its repeal has become a litmus test for progressive politicians.

On Abortion Rights: In June 2022, the US Supreme Court voted to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which for almost 50 years had protected the right to abortion in the United States. During this frightening and unprecedented time, Hot Docs is screening three documentaries that foreshadow the erosion of reproductive rights in the States and stand up for women's right to choose.

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