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FRIDAY, JANUARY 19th

8:45 P.M.

SVA THEATRE, 333 WEST 23rd STREET (bet.8th and 9th avenues)

Marlise Muñoz was 33 years old and 14 weeks pregnant with her second child when she died. She suffered a pulmonary embolism and was pronounced brain-dead in a hospital in Fort Worth, TX. Marlise had previously told her family that she never wanted to be on life support, under any circumstances. And since a brain-dead patient is in fact legally dead, that should have been the end of this sad story. But the Muñoz family was forced to keep Marlise on mechanical support against their will for 62 days, because of a little known law that states “a person may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment… from a pregnant patient.”

What followed was a painful ordeal, with critical implications about bodily integrity, rights and liberty.

The media picked up the story and the blogosphere wildly debated what choice the family should make. But the bottom line was: the family didn’t have a choice. The case ignited polarizing opinions; one side argued that if anything could be done to save this fetus, it should. The other claimed that the State was imposing a ghoulish and cruel mandate on the family, using a dead woman’s body to incubate a fetus.

The film reveals that this is not an anomaly: there are currently 32 states (and counting) with similar or identical pregnancy exclusion policies. The Muñoz’ personal journey is the jumping-off point for a timely examination of a growing trend of laws that seek to control a pregnant woman’s body.

Even her dead body.

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REBECCA HAIMOWITZ:

Rebecca Haimowitz received her MFA in Filmmaking from Columbia University's Graduate School of the Arts, where she also worked as a Screenwriting Instructor.

She is the Co-Director/Producer of the award-winning documentary MADE IN INDIA, about outsourcing surrogate mothers to India, which aired on PBS in May 2012. The film premiered in May 2010 at the Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, and won “Best Documentary” at the Florida Film Festival, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and the Magnolia Film Festival.

Rebecca has directed various short documentary films, including a piece about the prison abolition movement, an NYCLU series on over-policing in NYC schools, and a film about a summer camp for autistic children.

Rebecca is an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, where she teaches both Documentary and Fiction Filmmaking. She is committed to creating documentary and narrative films that reveal the human side behind social and political issues.

WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE SPECIAL GUEST LYNN M. PALTROW WILL JOIN THE 62 DAYS POST SCREENING DISCUSSION.

Lynn M. Paltrow, JD, Executive Director, founded National Advocates for Pregnant Women in 2001. Ms. Paltrow is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law. She has worked on numerous cases challenging restrictions on the right to choose abortion as well cases opposing the prosecution and punishment of pregnant women seeking to continue their pregnancies to term. Ms. Paltrow has served as a senior staff attorney at the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project, as Director of Special Litigation at the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, and as Vice President for Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of New York City. Ms. Paltrow is the recipient of the Justice Gerald Le Dain Award for Achievement in the Field of Law and the National Women's Health Network's Barbara Seaman Award for Activism in Women's Health. She is a frequent guest lecturer and writer for popular press, law reviews, and peer-reviewed journals. She is a Gemini and mother of twins.

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