Gesa Power House Theatre presents a screening of the award-winning documentary film Personhood: Policing Pregnant Women in America on Friday, March 26 at 7:00PM with an encore screening on Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00PM.
- Winner: 2020 Silver Gavel Award for Documentaries – American Bar Association
- Winner: 2020 Golden Badger Award – Wisconsin Film Festival
Personhood tells a different reproductive rights story – one that ripples far beyond the right to choose and into the lives of every pregnant person in America. Like a moment from the chilling Handmaid’s Tale, Tammy Loertscher’s fetus was given an attorney, while the courts denied Tammy her constitutional rights. In this timely documentary, we see her sent to jail, and then forced to challenge a Wisconsin law that eroded her privacy, her right to due process, and her body sovereignty. Through her story, Personhood reframes the abortion debate to encompass the growing system of laws that criminalize and police pregnant people. At the intersection of the erosion of women’s rights, the war on drugs, and mass incarceration, Tammy’s experience reveals the dangerous consequences of these little-known laws for American women and families.
Personhood explores this urgent issue from all sides including the fetal personhood movement, social justice advocates, medical professionals and legal experts. Through this collection of voices, the film calls for a necessary shift in dialog that looks beyond abortion and focuses on the far-reaching impacts of anti-choice efforts on women who have no intention of ending their pregnancies.
General admission seating ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. Seating for each screening is capped at 100 patrons, as allowed under Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start Plan. Additional precautions including required mask use and physical distancing between households will be observed.
Bonus Video: A conversation between Director of Film Programming Warren Etheredge, and filmmaker Jo Ardinger (Director/Writer/Editor/Producer), and Sara Ainsworth (Senior Legal & Policy Director for If/When/How, who appears in the film).
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