The abortion that Hannah and her brother survived is based on a 1991 case in New York City, in which Dr. Abu Hayat removed the arm from a fetus, then sent the mother home with instructions to return the next day to have the procedure completed. The mother went into labor and delivered her living, maimed infant in a hospital.
As a frame for understanding how often abortions result in live births, Willard Cates, then head of the Abortion Surveillance Branch of the Centers for Disease Control, told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1981 that 400 to 500 live births during abortion attempts were reported to the CDC annually, and that he believed that there were many more, since reporting a live birth to the authorities was "like turning yourself in to the IRS for an audit." In comparison, roughly 300 people in the US are struck by lightning annually.
Early on in their trip while sitting at the fire, it is suggested that Bmac (Chris Sligh) try out for one of those talent shows. Chris was a finalist on the sixth season of American Idol, a few years before this movie was filmed.
There was no Mobile General Hospital in 1991. Mobile City Hospital was also known as "Old Mobile General Hospital" and was only in operation from 1831 to 1966. A new facility was opened in a different location, and in 1970 became part of the USA hospital system. In 1991, the Mobile area hospitals included Mobile Infirmary, Springhill, Doctors' (Became USA Children's and Women's in 1997), Knollwood (later Infirmary West before permanently closing in 2012, and is now scheduled for demolition), and Providence.