PERSONHOOD follows the story of Tammy Loertscher, a rural Wisconsin woman who was forcibly detained after revealing her history of depression and occasional drug use during a prenatal appointment. Her fetus was given an attorney, while the courts denied Loertscher her constitutional rights and sent her to jail. This timely documentary tracks the rise of the “fetal personhood” movement and reveals a growing system of laws in America that criminalize and police pregnant people – especially lower income women and women of color. At the intersection of the erosion of women’s rights, the war on drugs, and mass incarceration, Loertscher’s experience reveals the dangerous ripple effects of anti-choice policies on women who have no intention of ending their pregnancies.
Director(s): Jo Ardinger
Writer(s): Jo Ardinger
Producer(s): Rosalie Miller
Editor(s): Jo Ardinger
Cinematographer(s): Marc Pingry
Music Composer(s): BC Campbell
Tammy Loetscher, Cherisse Scott - Founder/CEO SisterReach, Lynn Paltrow - Founder National Advocates for Pregnant Women