After Tiller, the film in praise of four unapologetic providers of late-term abortion, will finally be exposed to a national audience in a few days on PBS. The network that gave you Downton Abbey will feature After Tiller as part of the series P.O.V. PBS is even willing to help you throw your own premiere party. No kidding. (The film was recently screened in Concord as a fundraiser for the Feminist Health Center.)
That’s “PBS” as in Public Broadcasting Service, as in Corporation for Public Broadcasting, as in “viewers like you” as they say in the credits.
P.O.V. is where PBS puts the really edgy stuff – “documentaries with a point of view,” says the program’s web page. True enough. The point of view in After Tiller is that people who get paid to kill near-term preborn children ought to be celebrated. The “Tiller” of the title is late-term abortionist George Tiller who was murdered in 2009 and whose killer is serving life in prison. From the network’s promotional blurb:
It is also an examination of the desperate reasons women seek late abortions. Rather than offering solutions, After Tiller presents the complexities of these women’s difficult decisions and the compassion and ethical dilemmas of the doctors and staff who fear for their own lives as they treat their patients.
The mothers are desperate. The providers fear for their lives. And the children? They are presumably spared desperation and fear as they’re suffocated or dismembered or snipped or have poison injected into vital organs.
“Ethical dilemma,” indeed.
At any rate, help yourself. If you happen to stumble across a premiere party, I hope you’ll report on the festivities. Me, I’ll spend the evening doing something else. Prayer might be a good start.