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Middle of Everywhere
The Abortion Debate from America's Heartland
US/France, 2008, 52 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W10998
South Dakota is America’s heartland—waving cornfields, hard-working farmers, family values and a population of 750,000, the majority of whom identify as conservative and anti-abortion. Native daughter Rebecca Lee returns home in 2006 on the brink of a historic state vote: House Bill 1215 could make South Dakota the first state to outlaw most abortions since Roe vs. Wade passed almost 30 years earlier. In The Middle of Everywhere, Lee discovers the debate to be complex, with both sides claiming compassion for women and the same desire to stop the need for abortion.

When 1215 fails to pass, Lee sets out to uncover what would make a self-proclaimed pro-life state vote against the very measure that would end most legal abortions. South Dakotans appear conflicted in their beliefs: passing the Pharmacist Refusal Law, allowing pharmacists and doctors the right not to dispense birth control if doing so goes against their religious views, yet voting along pro-choice lines to keep abortion safe and legal. Was the vote a simple misunderstanding of what it means to be pro-choice? Was it a deeply-held resentment against government intrusion into people’s private lives? Whatever the final reason, The Middle of Everywhere reveals that the issue goes beyond the simple choices of being for or against abortion to the much deeper question of what values we hold dear as Americans and as humans beings.


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    “Essential to learn[ing] more about the multiple layers of the abortion debate in the US…this film challenges multiple stereotypes by revealing not that they are false, but rather that they are all too real and much more complicated than we typically acknowledge.”
    Jeannie Ludlow, Ph.D.
    Asst. Professor, Women's Studies & English, Eastern Illinois University

    “Captures the essence of middle America and its ambivalence on the controversy of abortion and abortion politics…Themes of freedom, independence, and fundamentalism around the issue of abortion are explored and exposed with an objective eye.”
    Jane Olsen
    Women's Center Dir., St. Cloud State University

    "Recommended...will be of particular interest to educational institutions and public libraries."
    Educational Media Reviews Online

    “***...An intriguing exploration of a perennial topic, this is recommended.”
    Video Librarian

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