“Zoe’s Choice” is a film about how Zoe, a beautiful girl who survived a parental abortion, decided to keep her baby after witnessing her cousin’s dying dog cherish his last moments with his owner.
Zoe, a previously survivor of an abortion, faces a similar situation before college graduation to make the decision of to or not to abort her unborn child.
Zoe’s parents reside in California, USA, and are the immigrants from Taiwan. When Zoe’s mother was pregnant with her, they were already caring for a four-years old daughter and a sickly one-year old son. Her sudden pregnancy of Zoe made the family not only unprepared, but also worsened the tense family relationship and finances.
The ambitious father Richard Jiang felt that the monotonous American family life was a hindrance to his career. He decides to leave the family and returned to work in Asia when Zoe was just four years old. In the absence of her father, she became a rebellious girl. Her ways of dressing and dating styles often brought violent conflicts to this ordinary Chinese family.
When Zoe was choosing her own partner, she also fell into and experienced a violent, unhealthy relationship. One day, she found out she was pregnant! Her boyfriend wishes her to abort the child. Zoe also considers it until she witnessed her child’s heartbeats during her ultrasonic scan. The heartbeats of the child lets her realized that her baby was a living human being!
Zoe returns to her mother for help. The daughter and mother struggled with the decision. No one will ever know if she has an abortion and Zoe can have a new start. If she keeps the baby, how is a girl able to study, work, and care for the child when she hasn’t graduated from college?
During the time Zoe’s cousin Ellen’s dog fell sick. Sunny’s sickness worsened, and within one week, it became life-threatening. Zoe witnessed that at the end of Sunny’s life, it is still struggling to survive to spent its last moments with its family. After witnessing how Sunny cherishes its life, Zoe couldn’t bear to end the life of an upcoming baby in her womb.