Courtesy of Planned Parenthood
At abortion clinics across the country, women and their companions are faced with harassment — and sometimes even physical violence — as they try to access safe and legal abortions. Protesters range from Catholics silently doing the rosary to members of anti-choice groups and churches who scream, call names, and may even attempt to physically block clinic access. It’s a horrifying situation for people who are often already going through a really hard time, but it’s a situation that you can’t truly understand unless you’ve been in it yourself. Until now.
Across the Line is a new virtual reality experience that lets anyone experience just what it looks and feels like to walk through that throng of protesters. The film was created by Nonny de la Peña of Emblematic Group in cooperation with Brad Lichtenstein and Jeff Fitzsimmons of 371 Productions/Custom Reality Services and was executive produced by Planned Parenthood. The filmmakers took real audio from abortion clinic protests and combined it with scripted scenes and documentary footage with the goal of giving people a deeper understanding of exactly what happens at some clinics when a woman goes for an abortion.
“Nobody should have to face shame, judgment, harassment, or intimidation in order to get or provide health care.”
“Across the Line puts the viewer in the shoes of someone who is trying to access a safe and legal abortion, offering a new and immersive experience that can help people better understand what thousands of women face when they seek health care,” Molly Eagan, vice president of Planned Parenthood Experience tells Bustle. “When surveyed after seeing Across the Line, both providers and health center staff said the film accurately portrays the harassment they’ve experienced when accessing or providing care. Nobody should have to face shame, judgment, harassment, or intimidation in order to get or provide health care. Nearly a third of women in America decide to end a pregnancy, and a woman’s decision about her pregnancy should be respected and valued.”
The experience is in three parts,…