With a Vengeance

The Fight for Reproductive Freedom

A film by Lori Hiris

1989 | 40 minutes | BW | 16mm/DVD | Order No. 99112


This urgent and timely film is a history of the struggle for reproductive freedom since the 1960s, reflecting the wider history of the contemporary women's movement. WITH A VENGEANCE is an empowering look at the strength and breadth of the current women's movement which asks why current battles resemble those of the 60s. Rare archival footage and interviews with early abortion rights activists, including members of Redstockings and the JANE Collective, are intercut with young women who testify to the need for multi-racial grassroots coalitions. Flo Kennedy and Byllye Avery exemplify African American women's roles as leaders, making connections between racism, reproductive freedom and healthcare for the poor.


"Prophetic and powerful, Hiris' mix of the political, historical and personal side of abortion makes for an important and arresting statement. Watch, remember and act!"

Merle Hoffman Choices Women's Medical Center

"The sheer energy that the film radiates makes it inspiring and thought-provoking."

Eleanor Bader The Guardian


  • Rotterdam Film Festival
  • San Francisco Women's Film Festival


Lori Hiris

Lori Hiris lives in Manhattan, Montana. She and her wife Ninia Baehr stay active in the community a with radio show called Body Politic, a show about how what we do with our bodies, and what happens to our bodies effects our life experiences, aired once a month on KGVM 95.9 FM in Bozeman Montana.

Lori's short films have screened nationally and internationally and some are distributed by the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Company, including Cross Examination a short film on the Clarence Thomas/ Anita Hill hearings which premiered at the New York Film Festival in 1994. Her more recent work is hand-drawn charcoal animations on paper, shot on 16mm film and documented in digital video. Learn more.


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