The Hardest Decision
Private Lives: The Hardest Decision
Abortion is shameful, painful and secretive. It’s an issue which polarizes public opinion like no other – the boundaries of the debate influenced by arguments as wide-ranging as a woman’s right to control her own body, and religious beliefs about the sanctity of human life.
The documentary “The Hardest Decision” in Greenstone’s Private Lives series talks to women who have faced the anguish of deciding whether or not to terminate their pregnancies.
It focuses on the experience of a range of women dealing with their pregnancies in different ways. We follow Anna, a 17 year old who got pregnant after her first sexual experience and whose mother was herself a solo teen mum; Patricia, an 18 year old whose Samoan family told her to hide the pregnancy and was eventually talked out of an abortion by a religious group, Bronte, a single mother of two preschoolers who feared she couldn’t cope with raising a third and Melissa a teen mum who adopted out her child.
Although the women’s stories cross age, class, ethnicity and generations, their experiences were movingly similar. All the subjects spoke about the shame and embarrassment of unwanted or unplanned pregnancies and almost invariably made their decision largely alone, sometimes without even the support of counselling services.
Highly Commended in 2003 Media Peace Awards
Producer: Rachel Stace
Thanks to: The Women who shared their stories, Dr Dr Nash, Dr Rachel Atkinson
Re Enactment Actors: Anna MacLean, Itai Biran, Oliver Jones, Anita Langthaller
Exec producer: Tony Manson
Network exec: Sue Woodfield
Director/writer: Felicity Morgan-Rhind
Field directors: Karen MacKenzie, Sue Younger
Researchers: Belinda McLeod, Rachel Stace, Kirsten Warner
Script Polisher: Paul Little
Production manager: Toni Williams
Production coordinator: Lornelle Henry
Production runner: Kate Cresswell
Camera: Sharon Hawke, Karen Simpson, Reuben Pillsbury, Steve Fisher
Sound: Jan McKinlay, Wendy Adams, Deb Frame
Narrator: Alison Bruce
Music: Dave Yetton
Series Title Music: Ian Morris/ Tim Pattinson
Production accountant: Jeanette Wiles-Cromie
Financial controller: Glenda Paterson
Funded by: TV3