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Leona's Sister Gerri

  • Release Date: Nov 02, 1995
  • Runtime: 57 min.
  • Genres: Biography, Culture & Society, Gender Issues, History, Social Issues, Women's Health
  • Director:Jane Gillooly


Long ago, middle-aged Leona Gordon opened a Ms. magazine and saw the dead victim of a botched, illegal abortion. With a terrible shock she realized that the naked, blood-spattered corpse was her sister. This documentary examines the significance of the picture, and then offers a profile of the dead woman's life as told by Leona and her friends. Although shocking, the picture became an icon for pro-choice abortion activists. Her sister was Gerri Santoro born to a Connecticut farm family in the 1950s. She...more