In today’s Russia 80% of the women have between 2 and 10 abortions each.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Killing Girls brings us into the world of an abortion clinic that specializes in late term teenage abortions. Here, abortions are sometimes performed even after 6 months of pregnancy. Killing girls is a story made for women with a women’s point of view. Russian writer Anna Sirota shares her own personal story with the audience, comparing the sad experience’s of her own, with Russia's new generation of teenagers.
Killing Girls tells the truth about abortion - this film is neither Pro Life nor Pro Choice. Filmmakers follow the main characters when they enter the clinic and stay with them when they leave. But it is not just a documentary about girls who have had to make a tough decisions and only focusing on the medical procedures. Killing Girls is a story about moral and economic choices in today’s Russian society. It is the story about girls that at one point in their life decided to end a late term pregnancy. It is the story of the doctors who performs these late term abortions. Who are these people and what makes them do what they do?
Killing girls takes the audience through the history of abortion in Russia, through the Stalin time to Perestroika, and ending up today. It is story about choices and decisions, about morals and consequences, about sin and salvation and finally about the eternal battle between life and death. This battle is happening today.
15-year-old Valentina didn’t know she was pregnant, until her mother noticed. Then, because of lack of money, they decided to have a late term abortion when Valentina was six and a half months pregnant, at the last moment Valentina changes her mind, and decides to have her baby.
Dr. Irina Serdechnaja (52)
Dr. Irina Serdechnaja is working in the largest hospital for woman in St. Petersburg. Her job is to make abortions. For the last 25 years she made more than 10,000 abortions, many of them late term. Her job is to help women in an extremely difficult situation. However she is trying to convince the woman that it is better to have the baby, but it almost never makes them change their mind.
Nastja was raped and too afraid to tell her parents what happened to her. When she finds out that she is pregnant, she decides to hide it from everyone. Only after 22 weeks Nastja decides to have an abortion. Nastja is certain that she has made the right choice.
Just as many other girls of her age, Sasha became sexually active at a very young age. Since eleven, she already had twenty encounters, but this is her first abortion. Her boyfriend insisted on her having an abortion.