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

62 DAYS is an urgent examination of a growing trend of laws that seek to control a pregnant woman's body. It 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 Texas. Marlise had been clear about her end-of-life wishes: 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.

62 DAYS follows the Muñoz family as they journey from private loss, to unwanted media attention, and finally towards activism as they fight to change this law. This timely short film powerfully addresses critical issues surrounding bodily integrity and women's health and needs to be seen by anyone studying or engaged in activism around reproductive rights.

A screening guide is available here.


WorldFest Houston, Award Winner
Chicago Feminist Film Festival, Audience Award, Best Documentary

  • Meet the Press Film Festival with AFI
  • Rocky Mountain Women’s Festival
  • Tallgrass Film Festival
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
  • Sidewalk Film Festival
  • United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)
  • St. Louis International Film Festival

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    "62 Days is a deeply moving and important film that sheds light on these relatively unknown laws and the devastating consequences they have for women like Marlise and their families."
    Abigail Disney
    Fork Films

    "This short documentary, composed primarily of intimate interviews with the family a year after their long ordeal, exposes the legal webs that restrict end of life decisions for pregnant women."
    Shilyh Warren, Associate Professor
    University of Texas at Dallas

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    62 Days is included in the following Special Collections.
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