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19 Weeks

In 2016, writer Emily Steel had a termination after her baby was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. This is her brutally honest true story. Starring Eve Myles.

In 2016 writer Emily Steel had a termination after her baby was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. 19 Weeks tells her story with brutal honesty.

Emily used to think that people that had 'late' abortions weren't very smart or responsible. A late termination wasn't really ok. Yet here she is, being ushered through protesters, putting on a hospital gown, having an IV drip inserted. Emily is 19 weeks pregnant. The two-day abortion procedure is about to start, but the anaesthetic doesn't seem to be working .....

According to recent statistics 1 in 3 women in the UK have had an abortion and 95% of those say they don't regret it. Yet the subject remains taboo. 19 Weeks is a raw account of the emotional, physical and philosophical battles Emily encountered throughout her late pregnancy termination.

Eve Myles stars as Emily in this true and visceral story.

Directed by Helen Perry
A BBC Cymru/Wales Production.

www.bbc.co.uk/actionline
www.downs-syndrome.org.uk
www.mencap.org.uk

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44 minutes

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www.bbc.co.uk/actionline

www.downs-syndrome.org.uk

www.mencap.org.uk

Credits

Role Contributor
Emily Eve Myles
The Doctor Vanessa Hehir
The Social Worker Mufrida Hayes
The Sonographer Kali Hughes
Frank Milo Robinson
Director Helen Perry
Writer Emily Steel

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