The full documentary will stream on September 13.
Netflix's upcoming documentary Reversing Roe focuses on the long-running contentious fight concerning abortion rights. The makers have released a trailer incidentally at the same time as the start of confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, the Trump administration's nominee to the Supreme Court.
The decision taken by Netflix to release the trailer for Reversing Roe on September 4 was a conscious decision. It was the same day confirmation hearings began. The candidate, Brett Kavanaugh, is known for his anti-abortion views. The trailer provides a sample of things to come. It offers a glimpse of the vacancy which resulted from Justice Anthony Kennedy leaving the job. The Justice was a long-time swing vote, which many conservatives believe was the last locked gate for the pro-life lobby to cross in their quest to overturn the Roe vs. Wade ruling.
The documentary is slated to be a polarizing one and will surely have clips which will upset both the pro-choice and pro-life advocates. First impressions show that the film will be a balanced one, with views and activists from both sides stating their respective arguments on the screen.
The Reversing Roe documentary will depict the abortion process history in the United States. It is slated to explore the many ideological arguments and the multiple political efforts to reverse the verdict given in the far-reaching 1973 case. The documentary trailer skims the many laws which several states in the U.S. have enacted to limit access to abortion. It also shows in flashes the extremists who do not hesitate to use violence to target those organizations who provide abortion services. Conservative extremists have repeatedly targeted the doctors and the activists who are trying to make sure that women retain all rights to have total control when it comes to their own bodies.
Netflix will begin to stream the documentary on September 13. The film is a blend of present-day interviews interspersed with historical footage. The production will provide a bird’s-eye view of the slice of time leading to the historical decision and why opposition to the ruling suddenly increased after the ruling was delivered. Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, the two filmmakers who made the documentary, shows interviews taken of proponents of both the sides. The list of prominent personalities includes feminist Gloria Steinem, Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue, doctors Curtis Boyd and Colleen McNicholas, and Carol Tobias, the president of Right to Life Foundation.