Choice Thoughts

Reflections on the Birth Control War

A film by Jacqueline Frank

1996 | 10 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 99537


In a witty mix of rare archival footage and sound bites from religious and political leaders, filmmaker Jacqueline Frank takes a fast-paced look at 100 years of the fight for birth control and legalized abortion. Featuring a concise overview of the work of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, CHOICE THOUGHTS illuminates how access to birth control became seen as a human right and how this dialogue continues around present day issues of choice. Discussion Guide available.


"Innovative and thought provoking...would enhance any organization's library or teaching resources."

Alexander Sanger Planned Parenthood


Jacqueline Frank

Jacqueline Frank has been working freelance in film production for close to twenty years. As a member of the Director's Guild of America, she has been an Assistant Director on movies such as Sophie's Choice, Brewster's Millions, and the TV program Law & Order. Her work as a documentary producer has taken her around the world, working on projects throughout Africa, Asia and Europe, on subjects ranging from big-game hunting, the environment, Buddhist pilgrimages and white water rafting expeditions.

CHOICE THOUGHTS is a short film which takes a brief look at the passions and controversy which have been swirling around the issue of birth control since Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, began her work at the turn of the century. Comprised entirely of stock footage, using humor and skillful intercutting of old and new footage, the film reveals that people's attitudes have not changed very much about this volatile subject. (09/09)


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