Voices from the Silenced: Pre-Roe Abortion Stories


About the Film: In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, overturning Roe v. Wade, Victoria Rue and Martha Boesing, two friends with extensive theater history, living in a senior community in Northern California, felt the need to do something, so they solicited stories from other women about having abortions pre-Roe v. Wade. Many of those who responded had never told their stories before – to anyone. From these stories, Rue and Boesing created a play, “Voices from the Silenced,” a powerful docu-drama illuminating the realities countless women faced before Roe v. Wade and will now be facing again. AMWA partnered with Victoria and Martha and with the expertise and support of Luna Productions and others, a film was created, artfully capturing the urgency of the performance and the play’s insistent message.

Voices from the Silenced: Pre-Roe Abortion Stories (57 min) produced by Luna Productions

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April 26, 2024 – U.S. Premiere

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Get involved in AMWA’s advocacy efforts to educate and raise awareness that abortion care is health care. Safe and legal access to abortion is an important part of comprehensive reproductive healthcare. We welcome all to join us regardless of gender or profession. Join AMWA with the code: time to receive 15% off and select reproductive healthcare. In addition, please invite your organization or institution to join the Reproductive Health Coalition co-founded by AMWA and Doctors for America.

Making of the Film

Learn about the making of the play through the documentary VOICES: Our Stories Before Roe v Wade (28 minutes)

Watch the Trailers

Voices from the Silenced (film of the play)

Voices: Our Stories Before Roe v Wade (film about making the play)