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62 Days
A film by Rebecca Haimowitz
US, 2017, 29 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W171220

62 DAYS is an emotional short film that tells the story of a brain-dead pregnant woman whose family was forced to keep her on life support against their will. Marlise Muñoz was 33 years old and 14 weeks pregnant with her second child when she suffered a pulmonary embolism and was pronounced brain-dead in a hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. She and her husband Erick had discussed their end-of-life wishes and Marlise was clear: she did not want to be on mechanical support under any circumstances. But Marlise was kept alive because of a little-known law that states “a person may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment… from a pregnant patient.” The film reveals that this is not an anomaly: there are currently 32 states (and counting) with similar or identical pregnancy exclusion policies.

The Muñoz’ story is the jumping-off point for an urgent examination of a growing trend of laws that seek to control a pregnant woman’s body. Following this family as they journey from private loss, to unwanted media attention, and finally towards activism as they fight to change this law, 62 DAYS powerfully addresses critical issues surrounding bodily integrity and women’s health.

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