No Choice

Feb 9 Rhinebeck




Although 59 percent of US adults say that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, it remains one of the most divisive issues in America. Join us Saturday, February 9th at noon in Rhinebeck for a benefit screening of selected shorts from Bill Moyers’ No Choice series, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Elana Michelson, SUNY Empire State College professor, activist, and author. The panel will also feature Ruth-Ellen Blodgett, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley; Robin Marty, author of Handbook for a Post-Roe America; Shannon Wong, Chapter Director of the NYCLU Lower Hudson Valley Chapter, and Eileen Meltzer, nurse practitioner. Proceeds from this screening will benefit Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Suggested donation $10. 

Over the past five years, hundreds of incremental changes in state laws have slowly chipped away at women’s reproductive rights, bringing us closer than ever to the reversal of Roe v. Wade. Yet in the midst of this climate, women and men have stepped up to be heard — from the day after Trump’s inauguration when millions marched in protest, to the current #MeToo moment in which thousands are breaking their silence and speaking out about sexual harassment and abuse. So, too, have people demonstrated against the latest attempts to cut funding for Planned Parenthood and legislate further restrictions. Join us for this special screening of selected shorts from Bill Moyers’ No Choice series to take a glimpse at what the United States was like before abortion was legal and how Roe v. Wade made a difference.

Unrated / 50 mins.

*Robin Marty’s book will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of Rough Draft Books.

ENGAGE: Learn, Build, Act
The ENGAGE series presents selected social justice documentary screenings at Upstate Films. Each film in the series touches upon an issue of our time. And each screening is followed by a panel discussion where attendees have the opportunity to learn more from people directly impacted by the issue. Audiences leave with a card listing steps for how to take action in their community.

ENGAGE screenings are supported by the Anonymous Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, enabling the events to be presented for free. Donations are taken at the door (suggested donation $10) to benefit designated local organizations.