Late-term abortions are emotive subject of Berlin festival film
By Swantje Stein
BERLIN (Reuters) - - The director of the film "24 Wochen" (24 Weeks) about the challenges faced by a couple whose unborn child is diagnosed as having Down syndrome late in the pregnancy says she speaks from firsthand knowledge of how difficult abortions can be.
Anne Zohra Berrached, whose film is in competition for the main prize at the Berlin Film Festival, said an abortion she had several years ago has affected her ever since.
"I had an abortion myself before the third month of pregnancy and I have to deal with that up to this day," she told Reuters in an interview.
"I know how old the child would be now, the birth date it would have had and therefore it was obvious to me that I can take this issue with me for three or four years.