MEXICO - GERMANY - TANSANIA
Three countries with different legal restrictions on abortion show the same problem: there is a lack of awarness of the problems that women face, if they dont have the full right of self-determination of their bodies and lifes. What happens if the focus of life is shifted away from the life reality of women towards the unborn, what agencies and blind spots are fueled, what damage is done when women are silenced by social stigma.
Because of the prejudices around abortion women often have no choice but to manage their lives and bodies in a clandestine or alienating manner. The documentary film Pregnant Journeys portrays some of these women and the people who help them. It also sheds a light on the problematic alliances between politicians and church representatives.
Abortion on demand was legalized only in the capital Mexico-City in 2007. Since then countless women from all over the country travel to the capital in order to obtain this safe procedure.
As a reaction conservative politicians and church representatives enforced abortion restriction even more in the rest of the country.
Abortion is only legal to safe the life of the women. It is very popular amoung women to use bleach to terminate their unwanted pregnancies, which causes severe and often lifelong health problems.
A network of sympathizing pharmacists, informants and doctors distribute information about the use of Misoprostol as a safe abortifacient, despite its illegality.
Abortion is illegal but not punishable. But the illegality and the stigma causes health staff to avoid the service, women are exposed to wrong and manipulative information and women have to travel far to other cities in order to find an abortion provider.
Director and writer Sarah Diehl of the Award winning Abortion Democracy - Poland/South Africa consistently takes up the issue of access to abortion from the womens perspective on a global level.