Abortion Helpline This is Lisa

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The Movie: Abortion Helpline, This is Lisa

Where You Can Stream It: YouTube

The Pitch: A 13-minute short which focuses on the workers of abortion helpline in Philadelphia, all of whom go by the name “Lisa” when they’re answering phone calls.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: It’s a quick but effective history lesson about the draconian Hyde Amendment, and a heartbreaking eavesdrop session into the trials and tribulations of women who desperately need help. Abortion Helpline, This is Lisa has also been shortlisted in the Documentary Short Subject category for this year’s Academy Awards, beating out over a hundred other shorts that qualified. Read More »