Americans may be all too familiar with the debate on abortion as it rages on in courts and in between politicians, but few actually know how the battle plays out on the ground. “12th and Delaware,” a documentary seeks to offer “a fly-on-the-wall view of the ideological trench warfare” that happen on the intersection of Delaware Avenue and 12th Street, Fort Pierce, Florida, where Woman’s World Health Clinic, a privately owned abortion clinic, and an anti-abortion Pregnancy Care Center are situated across the road from each other. The documentary will be making its television debut on HBO tonight at 9 pm.
The documentary offers a rare glimpse inside both facilities, the fear and tension that workers at the abortion clinic face as a result of the incessant protests taking place outside their office, and the zeal of the operators who run the pregnancy center. Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, who also made the Oscar-nominated documentary Jesus Camp, gave an interview to Democracy Now!, explaining how they came about to making the film, their experiences in gaining access to the clinic and center, as well as the response they garnered from screenings at various film festival, which you can watch here.
Watch the show tonight and tell us what you think!