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Documentary Night: BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY

DIRECTED BY: Civia Tamarkin



Co-presented by the Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for Women (CT NOW)

Please join us for a post-film Q&A with filmmaker Luchina Fisher and Ruth Shaber, M.D. moderated by Cindy Wolfe Boynton of CT NOW


BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY is a feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America. The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children. The documentary explores the accelerating gains of the crusade to control pregnant women and the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals and challenging the constitutional protections of every woman in America.


Luchina Fisher, Co-Executive Producer/Writer, is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. She has written and produced three nationally broadcast documentaries on Gladys Knight, B.B. King and the history of Title IX, as well as numerous segments for television. Her work has appeared on Discovery Health, A&E, ESPN, National Geographic Channel, and ABC and in syndication. She is also the writer, director and producer of two award-winning short films. Fisher began her career as a journalist, reporting for the Miami Herald and People Magazine. She was a contributing editor for O, The Oprah Magazine. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Lifetime Magazine and Health, as well as online at where she currently writes about the entertainment industry. She is also the co-author/ghostwriter of several books. Fisher has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Illinois Arts Council.

Ruth Shaber, M.D., Executive Producer, is the founder and president of the Tara Health Foundation, which promotes health, well-being and opportunity for women and girls through innovative evidence-informed programs. She started her career as an Obstetrician and Gynecology at the Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center in 1990. From 1997 to 2003, she served as chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and from 2001 to 2007 she served as the director of Women’s Health for the Northern California division of Kaiser Permanente. She is also the founder of the Women’s Health Research Institute in Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Region. Ruth was the Medical Director at the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute (CMI) from 2007 to 2012. At CMI she worked with Kaiser Permanente's regional and national leaders to apply the best evidence and successful systems approaches to create reliable clinical performance. She is chair of the board of directors at Jacaranda Health and on the National Medical Committee for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Ruth received her B.A. from Yale University and her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She served her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California in San Francisco.

Cindy Wolfe Boynton, CT NOW President, is an award-winning writer and editor whose background includes more than 15 years as a regular correspondent for The New York Times and nine years as editor of Better Health magazine. She is also the author of two books published in 2014 by The History Press, Remarkable Women of Hartford and Connecticut’s Witch Trails: The First Panic in the New World. Her one-woman plays Right Time to Say I Love You and Dear Prudence both made their premieres at New York City’s United Solo Theatre Festival. A lifelong Connecticut resident, Cindy is an English and communications instructor at the Yale School of Medicine and Housatonic Community College, and coordinator of the Writing and Oral Tradition Master’s Degree Program at The Graduate Institute. In 2014, she served as a fellow at the Wesleyan Writers Conference. Writing about inspiring, but often-forgotten, women from history – as well as teaching women today how they can use their stories to inspire and empower other s– is a focus of her current work.


The Connecticut Chapter of NOW, which is completely run by volunteers, works with individuals and partner organizations to make Connecticut municipalities more gender equitable by preventing gender discrimination, advancing political and economic equality, creating gender-responsive policies, empowering women and girls, and more.




RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes






Carte Blanche: FREE
Nonmembers - $12
Members - $7
Students/Seniors (Mon - Thu) - $9




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