A Private Matter

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A Private Matter ★★★ 1992 (PG-13)

Based on the true story of Sherri Finkbine (hostess of TV's “Romper Room”) and the controversy surrounding her decision to terminate her pregnancy in 1962. Pregnant with her fifth child, she discovered her sleeping medication contained thalidomide, known to cause severe birth defects. Although technically illegal, her doctor agreed to quietly perform an abortion. Sherri warned a local newspaper reporter about the drug's dangers and her identity was mistakenly revealed. A storm of adverse publicity forced her to Sweden for the abortion. Great performances highlight this complex and traumatic issue. 89m/C VHS, DVD . Sissy Spacek, Aidan Quinn, Estelle Parsons, Sheila McCarthy, Leon Russom, William H. Macy; D: Joan Micklin Silver; W: William Nicholson. CABLE

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