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Yanting Wang Film Review: A Healthy Baby Girl The autobiographical documentary, produced and filmed by Judith Helfand vividly depicts story of a women diagnosed with cervical cancer due to the unethical practices of pharmaceutical companies as well as the lack of research at the time. In the 1960s, Helfand’s mother was prescribed DES (diethylstilbestrol) as a preventive medication for miscarriages. The film begins to delineate a typical DES “mother” as being white middle class women. These women, at the time, were given the idea that they were given the best prenatal care money could buy at the time, however eleven years later, the FDA ruled DES as hazardous because of its correlation with cancer in women exposed in utero. Ironically, Judith discovered her unfortunate diagnosis while filming a documentary about children of DES users. The consequences of pharmaceutical negligence not only resulted in the removal of Helfand’s cervix, fallopian tubes, and parts of her vagina, but also manifested as negative consequences in various relationships such as that of her unhappy ex-boyfriend. Acknowledging that the disease is “all about
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