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Details on Tonight’s Pro-Late-Term Abortion Documentary


For those who want to watch or record the pro-late-term abortion film After Tiller airing on PBS tonight, it’s being shown from 10:00-11:00 p.m. on WTTW. It’s being shown as part of PBS’s P.O.V. series, which airs documentaries with a “point of view.” (P.O.V.: After Tiller will be shown at 9:00 p.m. on WTVP-HD 47.1  in Central Illinois)

Here are links to clips that are labeled “classroom clips” on the PBS website:

How Far Does the Right to Protest Go?

Women Are the Experts On Their Own Lives

Serena’s Story

In a PBS interview, the two filmmakers, Lana Wilson and Martha Shane, falsely claim that the abortion debate is shaped by too heavy a focus on “abstract ideas.”  In reality, tireless pro-life advocates maintain a steadfast focus on the real effect of abortion on the real bodies of real babies.

While mentioning the “assassination” of George Tiller and seeking to humanize the four doctors who continue to assassinate full-term or nearly full-term babies, these Wilson and Shane seem to have little interest in humanizing the assassinated babies. They believe that if America hears the stories of women who have their full-term babies murdered, Americans will see how “complex” the issue is and viewing feticide more sympathetically.

In the interview, Shane says that many people don’t realize that third-trimester abortions are often performed because a fetal anomaly has been diagnosed late in a “wanted” pregnancy. She glibly offers physical imperfection as justification for murdering another human. If serious “anomalies” justify murder a week prior to birth, what is Shane’s justification for opposing infanticide on the day of birth if a serious “anomaly” is found?

During the interview, a clip is shown of a mother who had her son aborted due to serious genetic defects that would have resulted in a short life that involved many medical interventions. In a grotesquely euphemized description of his murder, the grief-stricken mother says, “It was really important that he had somewhat of a dignified birth.” Murdering an innocent baby by inducing a massive heart attack and crushing his skull is the very antithesis of a “dignified birth.” Civilized, compassionate humans do not murder other humans even to prevent suffering.

Over the weekend, this comment was left on the IFI Facebook page which offers a different view on the “complexity” of late-term abortion:

It’s frustrating when people characterize an ethical issue as “complex” when they actually mean the circumstances surrounding the issue are difficult. The ethics of late-term abortion are not complex. The mothers often face difficult circumstances and may indeed feel ambivalence about their choices, but the morality of the act is not complex, as though we can’t figure out what right and wrong looks like in such a situation.

Here’s a novel idea: divide air time according to the degree of suffering experienced by the person: so, a few minutes interviewing the doctor who is concerned for their life, a few minutes interviewing women who find themselves pregnant without money or support, and then hours of footage of babies ripped apart and thrown in biohazard bags like some cancerous tumors.

Take ACTION:  This film is being shown on PBS, which is funded in part by taxpayer money. There are two things you can do:

  1. Click HERE to contact our U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representatives and ask them to oppose government funding of PBS. Yes, there is programming of value on PBS, and PBS can continue to solicit donations from the public.
  1. Click HERE to contact PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler to demand equal time to air a film that challenges the ideas cloaked in demagoguery in After Tiller and humanizes the tiny human victims of late-term abortions.  You can also call PBS at (703) 739-5000.

Pictured above, late-term abortionists:  LeRoy Carhart, Warren Hern, Susan Robinson and Shelley Sella at the premier of After Tiller at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival


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