Sally Aldrich: Sally is the mother of Gillian Aldrich, the filmmaker. Sally had two abortions in New York City pre-Roe. She was subpoenaed and sent before a Grand Jury after the second abortion when her doctor was arrested.
Marion Banzhaf: Marion Banzhaf was a teenager inspired by both the Miss America protests and the Stonewall rebellion. When she got pregnant in college, she raised money to fly to New York to have an abortion.
Gretchen Dyer: Gretchen has a congenital heart condition. When she found out she was pregnant with twins in the mid-80’s, she first decided to carry her pregnancy to term. Her doctor said not only would she most likely die during childbirth but, if the twins survived, they would be severely disabled. She had a late term abortion.
Jenny Egan: Jenny was raised in a Mormon family in rural Oregon. She is 24 and had an abortion eight years ago, at age 16.
Annie Finch: Annie Finch is a poet and a mother. She believes that her abortion was taking a life, but that it was a moral decision to acknowledge her own needs and those of her existing children ahead of that life.
Robin Ringleka-Kottke: Robin was a pro-life activist until age 18, until she discovered she was pregnant and tried to give the baby up for adoption.
Alex Cobarrubia: Alex is a single mother who works as a janitor outside of Detroit. At age 18, she had an abortion because she did not wish to be tied indefinitely to the father. She is also the mother of a one-year-old girl.
Florence Rice: Florence Rice had an abortion in the 1930s, when she was a young single mother working at a laundry in
Harlem. In 1969, Ms. Rice joined other New York feminists speaking openly about their illegal abortion experiences. Now in her eighties, she is an influential community activist and hosts a long-running cable access television show.
Loretta Ross: Loretta Ross lives in Atlanta and was the coordinator of outreach to communities of color at the April 2004 March for Women’s Lives. Ross had an abortion at age 18 after having given birth to a son the year before.
Gloria Steinem: Gloria Steinem entered the feminist movement the day she was sent to cover the 1969 abortion speak out and finally owned the abortion she had several years earlier. She’s gone on to found several pro-choice organizations and to work tirelessly for abortion rights.
A’yen Tran: A’yen graduated from Barnard in 2004. She had an abortion at age 19 and participated at a speak-out modeled on the 1969 event days later. A’yen could be described as the most unconflicted of all the younger women in the film about her choice to have an abortion.