Documentários e Vídeos

Severina’s story (Uma história Severina), 2005

Severina is a Brazilian woman whose destiny was changed by a Supreme Court decision. On October 20, 2004, she was four months pregnant with an anencephalic fetus. The next day, the process of interrupting the pregnancy would begin. On that same date, while she was in the hospital, the Supreme Court canceled the abortion authorization for cases such as Severina's. A poor woman from a small town in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Brazil, Severina left the hospital and went on a pilgrimage through places that felt like foreign land — the land of justice for the illiterate. In a world of indecipherable papers, Severina and her husband Rosivaldo, farmers who owned no land, spent three months going from courts to hospitals and back to courts, until they obtained the authorization to stop all that suffering. But it was not the end. She then had to face another world, no less inhospitable: that of healthcare for the poor. When the interruption was finally authorized, the pain of a meaningless birth started to take over, among the cries of babies who had a future. And the recognition of a son who was hers, but who was already dead. The harsh story of this mother ends not with a cradle, but with a tiny white coffin.

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