Presented by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
"Vessel" begins with a young doctor who lived by the sea and an unlikely idea. Rebecca Gomperts, horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion laws around the world, felt compelled to challenge this. Her method: to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters. Her project, Women on Waves, begins as flawed spectacle, a media frenzy, faced with governmental, religious and military blockades. But with each setback comes a more refined mission, until Rebecca has the revelation that she can use new technologies to bypass law – and train women to give themselves safe abortions using WHO-sanctioned protocols with pills. We witness the creation of an underground network of emboldened, informed activists working at the cutting edge of global reproductive rights, who trust women to handle abortion themselves. "Vessel" is Rebecca’s story: one of a woman who heard and answered a calling and transformed a wildly improbable idea into a global movement. Join Planned Parenthood of Northern New England for this special screening as a reminder of how far we have come and where we still have to go in order to ensure access to safe abortion services for all.
Date & Time
- January 28, 2015