Movie “After Tiller” Paints Late-Term Abortionists as Heroes

Where’s the compromise between life and death – and why work to reduce the number of them occurring if there’s nothing wrong with them?” – Rush Limbaugh

The moral posturing on the left regarding abortion has always been sickening, but there are times when their behavior crosses a line. A trailer has come out online for the PBS movie After Tiller, a documentary about the murder of late-term abortion doctor, George Tiller. The trailer plays out like a sermon on the evils of the pro-life movement. Dramatic music, clips of doctors saying they feel afraid to leave their house, and critics extolling the film make it appear as though these men and women are saints in their work. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the trailer:

And then, at the age of 67, he was murdered at church.”

“The death of Dr. Tiller leaves only four doctors in the country who are able to perform late-term abortions.”

“It was absolutely no question in any of our minds that we were going to keep on doing this work.”

“What really got me interested was when they started shooting doctors.”

“A profession under attack.”

“When I walk out the door, I expect to be assassinated.”

“They said I was an abomination, and should be driven from the state.”

“This is something that needs to be done.”

“It’s guilt no matter which way you go. Guilt if you go ahead and do what we’re doing, or being him into this world, and he doesn’t have any quality of life.”

“Nobody wants an abortion.”

The trailer, and certainly the film as a whole, is simply meant to demonize the pro-life movement, while deifying the doctors who perform late-term abortions. Let’s take a look at some of these quotes:

And then, at the age of 67, he was murdered at church.”

Was Dr. Tiller at church when he was murdered? Yes. Does that mean that he is a good man? No. The implication will be that Dr. Tiller was a man after God’s own heart, that he was a regular at church, and that everybody loved him dearly. His church life will be used to make his daily child executions seem like less of an atrocity. How could a man of God be a bad guy?!

It’s interesting, no one would use the church life of a pedophile priest to justify his behavior, but that’s what this trailer is attempting to do. In fact, most would say that a priest’s status as a man of God would make the crime even worse. So, the fact that Dr. Tiller attended church doesn’t exonerate him from his disturbing profession, it only magnifies his behavior.

What really got me interested was when they started shooting doctors.

This clip is meant to make abortion doctor murders seem like a frequent occurrence. “When they started shooting doctors” makes the crime sound common, as if it were an epidemic of sorts. While murdering anyone is wrong, abortion practitioner murders are extremely uncommon. As of 2014, eight abortion facility employees have been murdered in the United States, only four of whom were actual doctors. There is no defense for murder, but four doctors is hardly an epidemic.

This is something that needs to be done.

Nobody needs a late-term abortion. Moreover, according to Dr. Landrum Shettles, fewer than one percent of abortions are performed to save the life of a mother. Additionally, according to Dr. Alan Guttmacher of Planned Parenthood:

Today it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal illness such as cancer or leukemia, and, if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save, life.

Abortion is rarely, if ever, a necessary procedure. All the talk of this “needing to be done” is nothing more than a device to amplify the importance of the procedure. It is used to make abortion seem like a necessary, and even beautiful procedure.

It’s guilt no matter which way you go. Guilt if you go ahead and do what we’re doing, or being him into this world, and he doesn’t have any quality of life.”

Guilt is a powerful motivator, but it doesn’t mean it’s a good one. This clip is being used to promote the notion that abortion is merciful. Oh, I wouldn’t want my child to have a difficult life, full of pain, so instead, I’ll have him chopped up into pieces, and torn from my womb. Abortion is not merciful because we are not the arbiters of what makes a quality life. We are not to decided for someone else whether or not their life will be worth living. That treads into eugenics territory. There are those who believe that Down’s syndrome babies should be aborted because they will allegedly have a poor quality of life. Once one disability is cause for termination, where is the line drawn?

Nobody wants an abortion.”

This quote is used to make the issue seem like a tragically complex decision. The left wants us to believe that pro-lifers have reduced abortion to a black, and white issue. They want you to believe that they are complex, nuanced people, which means they’re smart, which means their opinions mean more. Abortion is not complex. To kill, or not to kill. All other considerations are secondary.

This trailer is designed to give credibility to a barbaric practice by vilifying those who are opposed to it. By connecting murderers to the pro-life position at large, this trailer is amplifying a very small problem, and smearing an entire movement. It’s harrowing music, and selected quotes make the practice of abortion appear noble, and even charitable. And the film is going to play on tax funded PBS.

Abortion is not necessary, it is not charitable, and it is not merciful. It is a brutal homicide. The doctors performing late-term abortions are executing innocent children. What they are doing is indeed evil. I do not endorse murder, obviously, but this film will do nothing but distort the truth, and make saints out of sinners.