The Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County will present the documentary "From Danger To Dignity: The Fight for Safe Abortion" Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., as part of its Community Forum series.

This 1995 documentary shows rare archival footage from newspapers and other media leading up to the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, documenting the risks and lives lost by tens of thousands of women forced to use unsafe practices before legalization of abortion.

The film weaves together two parallel stories: the evolution of underground networks that helped women find ways to make choices in a safe manner outside the law before legislative reform was won; and the intensive efforts by activists and legislators who dedicated themselves to legalizing abortion. The real-life footage brings history alive through documenting the actions of those who broke the silence, saved women's lives and fought to end the shame that surrounded abortion when it was a crime.

The film screening is free; donations will be accepted. A discussion about women’s reproductive rights will follow. For more information, visit or call 338-5089.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or