Past Screening:
Am Mittwoch, dem 04. März 2020, um 19 Uhr lädt der Verein mitmission e.V. im Vorfeld des Weltfrauentags zur Vorführung des Films „Abandoned“ und zum anschließenden Gespräch mit der Regisseurin Patricia Josefine Marchart ins Kinocenter Gießen (Bahnhofstraße 34, 35390 Gießen) ein.
Eingeleitet durch ein Grußwort von Kristina Hänel findet die Veranstaltung in Kooperation mit dem GCSC (International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture) der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, dem Gießener FrauenKulturZentrum und Pro Choice Gießen statt.
am Mittwoch, den 11.März 2020
Veranstaltende Organisationen: Bündnis für sexuelle Selbstbestimmung Münster, gbs-Hochschulgruppe des säkularen Humanismus Münster
Ort: Schlossplatz 2, 48143 Münster, Raum S2
Einlass: 18:00 Uhr, Filmstart 18:30 Uhr
Eintritt frei / Solibeitrag
Vergangene Screenings:
von der Initiative “FemAC – Feministischer Stammtisch des Frauennetzwerks Aachen”.
Film und Diskussion am 28. September 2019 – Globaler Aktionstag für den Zugang zu sicherer und legaler Abtreibung
Ort: Autonomfeministisches FrauenLesbenMigrantinnen-Zentrum Wien, FZ-Bar, 1090 Wien, Währingerstrasse 59/6. Der Eingang ist um die Ecke i.d. Prechtlgasse, bitte bei rot/schwarzer Türe läuten.
Beginn: 20.00 Uhr – Eintritt frei –
Museum for contraception and abortion
All information on abortion and contraception in 12 languages
Films from all over the world on a central aspect of life: unwanted pregnancy
Numerous myths and misconceptions surround the topic of abortion. This site debunks and corrects them, using evidence-based facts.
All addresses of doctors/clinics in Europe for a safe abortion
A list of clinics and doctors performing abortions in Europe  A curated list of books about abortion

Women on Web

Women Help Women

The Turnaway Study examined the effects of unwanted pregnancy on women, children and families.


“Abandoned” – New film shares heartbreaking stories of women denied legal abortion

September 30, 2018 – For immediate release

Abandoned is the first-ever film to tell the heartbreaking stories of women who have died or suffered terribly after being denied a legal abortion. This happens because some doctors refuse to provide health care when it conflicts with their personal or religious beliefs, citing a “conscientious objection”.

“I was deeply affected by the horrific tragedies these women and their families endured, all because so-called ‘pro-life’ doctors had abandoned them or lied to them,” said filmmaker Patricia Marchart. “It took a lot of courage for these people to speak publicly about their painful experiences. I’m so honoured and grateful that they chose to trust me.” Marchart interviewed several women who were refused abortion and members of their families, as well as lawyers, politicians, activists, and other experts in the reproductive health care community. The film helps shed light on the modern phenomenon of doctors refusing medical treatment to women with unwanted pregnancies, based on their personal beliefs and citing so-called “conscientious objection.”

“Refusing care to patients under the misleading guise of ‘conscience’ creates a real risk that patients may suffer or even die,” said Joyce Arthur, co-creator of the film. “These harms are being inflicted on patients by medical professionals, despite their duty to protect their patients’ health and lives.”

Dr. Christian Fiala, a gynecologist from Vienna, is the producer of Abandoned. “Normally, doctors don’t have the right to refuse a medical treatment for personal reasons, but when it comes to unwanted pregnancies, this is widely tolerated,” said Dr. Fiala. “Some women even die after being refused abortion, and our film shows that laws that allow abortion to save a woman’s life don’t help. That’s because the only way to be certain that a woman’s life is in danger is to wait until she dies.”

Along with Dr. Fiala, Arthur created the website to document the stories of dozens of women who were refused a legal abortion for reasons of “conscience” and suffered serious injury or injustice as a result, including the women featured in Abandoned. “We only hear media coverage about the bad consequences of treatment refusals under so-called ‘conscientious objection’ when a woman dies, or when a woman or her family sues,” said Arthur. “But women are very frequently refused reproductive health care and their stories are mostly unknown. We felt it was crucial to publicize some of the most shocking examples by letting those involved speak for themselves.”

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