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Live Free or Die is a 2000 documentary film that follows Dr. Wayne Goldner, a New Hampshire OBGYN fighting on the latest front of the "abortion wars." The feature originally aired as part of PBS' P.O.V. series. It was directed and produced by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt of Incite Pictures.

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Set against the backdrop of Goldner's own community, the film captures a year of daily struggles and moral conflict. In the documentary, Wayne challenges a Catholic hospital merger that greatly reduces the areas services. When a patient who is 14 weeks pregnant is barred from the hospital operating room, Goldner is forced to send her on an 80 mile cab ride for an emergency termination. Goldner's greatest conflict, as depicted in the film, is reducing the tension caused by his presence in the community.

Political conflict in the Film

In his hometown, protesters target Goldner as an abortionist and succeed in getting him dismissed as a sex education teacher from a local school. The conflict moves to the center of community politics when Goldner applies to be reinstated by the local school board. After a wide ranging dispute, the board denies his request. The film concludes that doctors like Wayne Goldner often stop providing abortions because of the "profound sense of isolation they endure."[1] The film aim is to show that, more than violence, it is a lack of social support for abortion providers that has left 86% of counties in the US without abortion service.[2]

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