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Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Leona's Sister Gerri for showing
the horrible results of a no abortions allowed policy.

Leona's Sister Gerri
We never knew the story, or we didn't until Leona's
Sister Gerri... searingly effective, forceful,
intimate, unpretentious, devastating.

Leona's Sister Gerri (1994) - 75 minutes
Leona's Sister Gerri at Amazon.com

The tragic and grisly photograph - a woman on a motel floor, dead after an illegal abortion - stirred a nation and inflamed a movement. Now, Leona's Sister Gerri tells the powerful and thought-provoking story of the anonymous woman behind the image and how she became an extraordinary icon for the ever-controversial abortion issue. Through tears and laughter, Gerri Santoro's tale of desperation in the days before legal abortion "unfolds in an intimate, unpretentious style" (The New York Times) as told by her family and friends.

Gerri was a tree-climbing kid who grew up on the family farm, then a spirited adolescent, a young wife, and later the devoted mother of two little girls. But she was also a battered wife who suffered years of abuse before eventually leaving her husband and returning to Connecticut. There Gerri became pregnant by a lover who agreed to perform an abortion and then left her when the operation went awry. Nine years later, in 1973, Ms. Magazine published the heart-wrenching photo, which even now cries out from protest placards as a potent symbol in the struggle for a woman's right to choose.

Directed by Jane Gillooly, rousing and all-too-real, Leon's Sister Gerri cuts through the leaden rhetoric of one of America's most divisive issues to pay respects to an extraordinary woman and her tale.

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Leona's Sister Gerri
We never knew the story, or we didn't until Leona's
Sister Gerri... searingly effective, forceful,
intimate, unpretentious, devastating.

Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Leona's Sister Gerri for showing
the horrible results of a no abortions allowed policy.