Mariana Varela is known across Argentina as the Crazy Baby Lady because of her fierce protests with little plastic foetuses. She is an eccentric and impassioned anti-abortionist. ‘My Body, Their Choice’ meets her in the lead-up to the most important vote in Argentina’s history: the decision on whether to legalise abortion.
But the stories of women who suffered illegal abortions in horrific conditions show the horrific reality behind the pro-life rhetoric. And an undercover exposé of a fake abortion clinic secretly run by Catholic nuns reveals the pressure that women are under.
As our presenter gets closer to Mariana, it emerges that her family were a big part of the 1970’s dictatorship that ‘disappeared’ people and sold their kids to wealthy families. The film asks the question on everyone’s mind: is it not hypocritical for the face of the anti-abortion campaign to come from a family that stole and sold babies?
As the vote nears, things get heated on both a personal and national level, as Mariana’s dark family past crops up and our presenter is tear-gassed and water-cannoned by cops in an out-of-control protest.
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