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Too often, the only public faces of abortion are the women standing beneath those “I regret my abortion” banners at pro-life rallies. In her 30-minute documentary The Abortion Diaries, director Penny Lane invites a dozen women to dinner to talk about their abortions. This simple yet radical idea grew from something Lane wrote in her own diary when she was about to have an abortion: “It’s not like having an abortion is dinner-party conversation.” The women’s stories range from casual to traumatic: One woman went to Burger King a half-hour after her procedure; another went to a foreign country for hers because Roe v. Wade hadn’t happened yet. The latter woman’s story brings to mind another popular pro-life banner: “Abortion hurts women.” The words take on a different meaning as she talks about her illegal abortion—complete with the screaming, the blood, and the infection that left her infertile. Listen up, Alito. The Abortion Diaries shows at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Rachel Beckman)