The opening scene of the movie is frightening. A desperate teenage girl has a hood thrown over her head as she is shoved into the back of a car and driven to a secret destination where an abortion is performed.
In a dingy room clearly rife with bacteria, the abortionist performs his duty with carelessness, his hardfaced offsider rough and mean with their tender, terrified patient.
It’s a “backyard abortion” gone wrong, and later the child dies in hospital with her distraught parents by her side.
“I had the same experience as the girl in the opening scene,” the academic Anne Summers (right) wrote ...