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In this moving exploration of the rise of state laws that protect “fetal rights” at the expense of the rights of pregnant women, Personhood tells the story of Tamara Loertscher, a rural Wisconsin mother who was jailed after telling her doctor about her occasional drug use before she knew she was pregnant and her fight to overturn Wisconsin’s Unborn Child Protection Act.’
After being ruled unconstitutional, abortion had become decriminalized - but it is far from being over. The voices that oppose woman's fetal termination is still going strong. Women can be jailed anytime, for whatever unpredictable causes.
Jo Ardinger is an award-winning filmmaker and the founder of Tandybrook Productions. Her feature debut, PERSONHOOD, explores the growing criminalization and policing of pregnant people in America. The film premiered at DOC NYC in 2019 and won the American Bar Association’s 2020 Silver Gavel Award for Documentary. Ardinger is a director and editor working on both documentary and narrative films. Recent editing credits include the documentary short Beyond The Visible: The Story of the Very Large Array, narrated by Jodi Foster (Media Interpretive Award, Cine Golden Eagle, Telly); the award winning dramatic short Every Beautiful Thing, starring HBO’s Lauren Weedman; and the PBS documentary, Into Deepest Space: The Birth of the ALMA Observatory. Ardinger is also an instructor at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she teaches digital storytelling in the realm of science.