“After Tiller” Opens In Los Angeles October 4th, 2013
In 2009, Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas, one of the only doctors in the US who performed third-trimester abortions, was gunned down in his church. He was the eighth abortion clinic worker to be assassinated since the Supreme Court passed the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion, in 1973. There are now only four doctors in the country, all former colleagues of Dr.Tiller, who openly provide late abortions, a procedure considered highly controversial even among those who consider themselves pro-choice. AFTER TILLER weaves together revealing interviews with the doctors with intimate scenes from their private lives and inside their clinics, where they counsel and care for their vulnerable patients. The personal and moral struggles of several of these women are revealed, forcing us to step into the shoes of both patient and practitioner as they confront the full complexity of each decision.
How brave am I? Would I be capable of risking my life and the life of my loved ones? These were some of the questions that rolled around in my head as I watched this film. And not only was I amazed by the courage of these four doctors, I was also touched by the agonizing emotional pain of the women that had to make the choice of a late term abortion. In fact touched is the wrong word, I felt their pain and torment. I hope this film opens healthy dialogue and maybe, just maybe the madness will stop, because taking the life of Dr. Tiller is not the answer. Kudos to the film makers Martha Shane and lana Wilson and the courage of these four doctors, this is a must see documentary.
The film opens in Los Angeles at Landmark’s The Nuart Theatre in West L.A. onFriday, October 4.
The 7:30PM show on October 4th is a benefit screening for the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistant Project (WRRAP). The show will be followed by a Q&A with co-director Lana Wilson. More info here:http://oscilloscope.net/shop/
NARAL LA will moderate the Q&A with Lana Wilson on Saturday, October 5, 7:30pm.