Pro-life activists are up in arms after the taxpayer-funded Public Broadcasting System (PBS) announced it will air the pro-abortion documentary “After Tiller” – named for George Tiller, the notorious late-term abortionist who boasted of killing more than 60,000 unborn babies before he was gunned down in 2009.
The controversial film, set to air on Labor Day, follows four remaining abortionists who are among just a handful who admit publicly to performing abortions after 24 weeks – the generally accepted age of viability in the United States. The filmmakers interviewed LeRoy Carhart, Warren Hern, Shelley Sella, and Susan Robinson for the documentary, examining their motivations and attempting to humanize them for audiences who might be inclined to think of them as monsters.
The film’s directors, Lana Wilson and Martha Shane, openly admit that the documentary’s purpose is to “change public perception of third-trimester abortion providers by building a movement dedicated to supporting their right to work with a special focus on maintaining their safety.” Previously, they made the film available for a Congressional screening “with the goal of ultimately affecting votes related to abortion rights.”
The biased nature of the documentary has led some pro-life leaders to call on PBS to cancel the showing entirely.
“'After Tiller' is nothing short of pure propaganda intended to demonize the entire pro-life movement and drum up support for late-term abortion,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League, in a statement. “Why are pro-life tax dollars being used to paint a sympathetic picture of abortionists who stab babies in the base of their skulls just moments before they are born? Where is the sympathy for the babies, whose brains are being sucked out by vacuum machines by these abortionists?”
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“Would PBS ever run a puff piece that was funded by the KKK in order to sanitize and normalize racism?” Brown asked. “Shame on PBS! This has no business airing on a publicly funded network.”
PBS says on its website that all scheduling decisions are made locally, but the documentary will be available for free streaming online between September 2 and October 1.
Meanwhile, concerned parents should be advised that the film may soon be showing in a classroom near you. Because PBS is airing the documentary as part of its “POV” series, described as “documentaries with a point of view,” the network has made a “partner toolkit” available and is encouraging teachers and activists to borrow the documentary and host screenings in their classrooms and communities. The “toolkit” includes publicity materials, a discussion guide, lesson plan and reading list.