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Passed in 1997, Wisconsin’s “Unborn Child Protection Act” protects a fetus in the event of substance or alcohol abuse by the parent. When Tammy Loertscher discovered she was pregnant, she decided to disclose her past drug use with her doctor. This alarming, exhaustively researched documentary tells the story of the unending nightmare that followed, in which the state assigned an attorney to her fetus and stripped Tammy of her constitutional rights. With an unwavering eye, Jo Ardinger’s directorial debut bears witness to outrages on both a local and national level, from the breaching of doctor-patient confidentiality to the criminalization of lower income women. When justice becomes a privilege rather than a right, this film asks, do pregnant women lose their personhood? 2019 Doc NYC. (FQ)


Presented with support from Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    80 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Jo Ardinger
  • Screenwriter
    Jo Ardinger
  • Producer
    Rosalie Miller
  • Cast
    Tamara Loertscher, Cherisse Scott, Sara Ainsworth, Freya Bowen
  • Cinematographer
    Marc Pingry
  • Editor
    Jo Ardinger
  • Music
    BC Campbell