The rulings of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton in 1973 ushered in the licit and lucrative, abortion business nationwide. This was the time when George Tiller set-up shop as an abortionist committing late term abortions in Kansas. He eventually taught Leroy Carhart and other infamous doctors all about third-trimester abortion procedures before getting killed in 2009. Dr. Tiller’s assassination prompted four abortionists to start their own private abortion mills, setting the theme for the abortionist-venerating film ‘After Tiller.’
‘After Tiller’, an overtly pro-abortion documentary, takes a quaint and sterile look into the private lives and practices of the four, late-term abortionists operating legally in the U.S. who do their work un-shamefacedly and in the public’s view. Directed and produced by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, this film was aired in September by POV of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) “to go inside the lives of the last four doctors in America performing third-trimester abortions.” Shane and Wilson admitted that while there are numerous other late-term abortion providers, who deliberately remain in the shadows (Remember Kermit Gosnell?), these four abortion doctors are set apart “because they’re very proud of what they do, of the work they do. They love their jobs.”
These heroes of feticide featured in ‘After Tiller’ are Dr. Leroy Carhart, Dr. Shelley Sella, Dr. Susan Robinson, and Dr. Warren Hern. These gravely misguided and self-deceived doctors offer to ‘help’ women by terminating the lives of their unborn children and charging them thousands of dollars to do it.
After introducing the abortion-doctors this documentary highlighted their so-called “counseling” sessions with their patients-turned-victims, which gave a rare but disheartening glimpse into the offices of abortion counselors.—In so many words, reluctant mothers were instructed to take the life of the child into their own hands and decide for themselves if abortion is wrong or right. Sadly, termination was presented as the best remedy for these pregnant women afraid of fetal anomalies, trying to forget the cruelty of rape, and uncertain of their financial future. Adoption and parenthood were presented as possible alternatives, but no serious attempt was made to dissuade abortion-minded women from the trauma of abortion. And why would these doctors do that when something so painful can be so profitable? (At Warren Hern‘s Boulder Abortion Clinic abortions range from $1,000 to $30,000, depending on the gestational period.)
The directors work their hardest to humanize the abortion doctors – showing the Carhart family on their horse-ranch in Nebraska (taking care to emphasize the loss of horse-life in a fire set by anti-abortion arsonists), Dr. Hern with his mother and wife in Colorado, Drs. Robinson and Sella laughing with their cohorts. Even the humanity of the fetus is recognized, though not truly respected; however, the fears related to a problem pregnancy are valued higher than the life of a preborn human.
Despite the documentary’s best efforts to humanize the abortionists an apt viewer is still left to ask where the humane consciences of these so-called physicians are that they deliberately ignore the right to life of the preborn and deceive themselves to think that the real value of a human life is derived from personal preference. It seems that to the abortionists, a human life is only of value if its caregivers see it as deserving protection. In the ethical framework of an abortion provider, fetuses may be human, even recognized as babies in Dr. Shelley Sella’s case, but it is personal opinion that makes a preborn life worth living and defending.
Dr. Sella intimated, “I think about what I do all the time, and I recognize what I do. And at times I struggle, and at times I don’t.” She revealed in another segment, “I think of them as babies. I don’t think of that as a fetus.” Dr. Sella even went so far as to assert about abortion, that “it sounds barbaric.” Yet she whole-heartedly continues in this horrific barbarism that is feticide in the false belief that abortion is tantamount to women’s healthcare and social justice.
An incredibly sad fact presented throughout this film is contained in the stories of how these doctors established themselves as late-term abortionists. Although the doctors were already involved in abortion, the violent acts and aggressive attitudes of anti-abortion extremists galvanized these physicians to rally behind Tiller and his mission. Carhart committed himself to performing abortions full-time once his horse barn was burned by pro-life zealots. Robinson did not start offering abortions until the moment she saw how much virulent hatred was spewed forth by abortion protestors, which prompted her to learn about and offer abortions. After Tiller’s murder they began to do his dastardly work themselves with the destructive idea that they are actually protecting women by eviscerating their babies.
Violence beget violence.
At the conclusion of the movie, one is understandably left aghast over the nonchalant attitude these abortion doctors display in reference to terminating the life of a developing baby. Though they sympathize with the would-be mother as she grieves the loss of her child, they have no remorse or moral qualms about actively killing a preborn child all the way up to birth.
Dr. Susan Robinson, referring to late abortions, metaphorically stated “What’s the right thing to do? What’s really helping people?”
Well, certainly empathizing with patients and understanding their problems is vital, as even the four abortion doctors do. But the next step is of primary importance and should be at the forefront of every decision about pregnancy and in utero life—actually care for women struggling with problematic pregnancies and give the preborn victim every chance to enjoy life by supporting the mother through her pregnancy and into either the adoption process or parenthood. This will cost us time, resources, and money, but we will be giving so much more. Abortion doctors won’t be making bank and abortion quotas won’t be filled. Instead, lives will be enriched and lives will be saved.
Over fear, over guilt, over death–life will win.