The Last Clinics
a documentary Series that takes you inside the last remaining abortion clinics in the United states
From the Team that brought you the SXSW hit The Provider, comes The Last Clinics which takes you inside clinics and surrounding communities throughout the U.S. to meet the people on the front lines of abortion care who face unrelenting harassment and threats of violence. We travel to clinics from communities in Texas to Kentucky and Oklahoma to Ohio. The Last Clinics is not just a series about abortion, but about the communities at the center of the state battle against reproductive rights.
Our pilot episode focuses on the entire community of people working inside and protesting outside the last remaining clinic in the Rio Grande Valley along the US / Mexico border. Whole Woman’s Health McAllen has opened and closed multiple times due to Texas legislation and threats to the clinic. Women seeking abortion in the Rio Grande Valley, many undocumented, are often unable to receive care since they must travel through border checkpoints to get to the nearest clinic, which is over 250 miles away.
The city of McAllen is a closed-knit community with the clinic at the center of its tension. For those who work at the clinic or volunteer outside of it, just being at work is a life-threatening battle. Clinic security guard, Rey Guerrero, has been physically assaulted multiple times by his church community on his days off but says, “he won't be intimidated to quit.” Inside the clinic, Whole Woman’s Health Corporate Vice President, Andrea Ferrigno, receives intimidating letters and has been physically threatened. Clinic workers such as receptionist Diana are told by family members to be careful and never walk alone into the clinic. Denni and Melissa, two sisters who volunteer everyday to help escort patients safely inside the clinic are often tracked on anti-choice websites. The staff and clinic workers risk their lives every day to provide the services they know their patients can’t get anywhere else.
We are so close to finishing our pilot episode but we need your help to make it happen. We need funding for one more trip down to Texas to film with our characters post election and to hire a professional editor. The Last Clinics is not just a series about abortion-care but about all those affected by the state battle against reproductive rights. You have a chance to be a part of this journey and make this series a reality!