OFFICIAL SELECTION - Sundance Film Festival | OFFICIAL SELECTION - SXSW Film & TV Festival | OFFICIAL SELECTION - Cleveland International Film Festival | OFFICIAL SELECTION - Martha's Vineyard Film Festival | VIDEO LIBRARIAN BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF 2023Abortion Rights • Human Rights • Bodily Autonomy • Movement Building • Reproductive Rights, Freedom & Justice • Medical Freedom • State vs. Federal Law • Gender Affirming Care
Date of Completion: 2023 | Run Time: 94 & 60 minutes | Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript & Study Guide (Available Upon Purchase) | Director: Tracy Tragos | Producer(s): Tracy Tragos, Beth Kearsley & Jess Jacobs
PLAN C documents the work of determined women in the United States expanding access to medication abortion by any means necessary. The abortion pill is a combination of two medications, RU486 or “Mifepristone,” used in conjunction with Misoprostol, to safely and effectively end a pregnancy up to 12 weeks according to the World Health Organization. It has been approved by the FDA since 2000 and yet few Americans have heard of it.
Meet FRANCINE COEYTAUX. Francine has been working in public health for decades. She successfully fought for Plan B to be available over the counter. She explains that few people know about the abortion pill because access has been so severely, and unnecessarily, restricted. In 2014, Francine and her partners founded the organization they call Plan C, with the goal of spreading the word about this alternative to in-clinic abortion.
When the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision was leaked in May 2022, everyone planned for what now seemed inevitable: Roe would be overturned, and abortion would be outlawed in at least nineteen states. An anonymous distributor in the U.S. is enlisted to send pills to patients in red states. Pills were and continue to be shipped to states where telemedicine has become illegal, and abortion is criminalized. But Plan C’s message is that no matter where you live, you can still access pills by mail: either in a matter of days, or weeks, if ordering from overseas providers.
Distribution is risky business in the U.S: a direct action that may have dire consequences for those involved. The United States is more divided today than ever about many things, including abortion. As blue states work to protect and expand access, red state politicians work to criminalize it. What is the responsibility of those in blue states to support their red state neighbors – and what are the risks? Who gets criminalized and who stays safe? Who will support pregnant people and their providers despite the risk and who is left to fend for themselves? Who will die, and who will live, and who will choose?