The Case of Patty Smith (1962)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The right for a rape victim to have an abortion is examined in this socially conscious drama. 21-year old Patty Smith is distraught to learn that she was impregnated during a rape. She looks for help, but finds none amongst the regular medical community. She tries talking to her priest, but he turns a blind eye, and offers no help. Finally, desperate to get rid of her unwanted baby, Patty goes to a back-alley abortionist. He literally butchers her.

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abortion, community, death, desperation, police, pregnancy, priest, rape, secrets, suffering