A pro-life organization is demanding that PBS cancel a controversial airing of the documentary “After Tiller,” a film that sheds light on the personal and professional stories surrounding doctors who regularly perform third trimester abortions.
The American Life League, a Catholic organization, is calling the film a work of propaganda, asking PBS to rethink its decision to air it on Labor Day.
“After Tiller’ is nothing short of pure propaganda intended to demonize the entire pro-life movement and drum up support for late-term abortion,” Judie Brown, president of American Life League, said in a press release. “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?”
The film addresses the assassination in 2009 of Dr. George Tiller, a noted physician who gained fame and infamy for his willingness to perform late-term abortions.
A description of the film claims that the procedure is performed today by only four doctors — individuals who the filmmakers claim “risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients.”
Those abortion doctors are: Warren Hern, LeRoy Carhart, Susan Robinson and Shelley Sella.
Watch the trailer for “After Tiller” below:
The American Life League claims that the film, which released in September 2013, was funded by pro-abortion organizations and that Planned Parenthood and NARAL are listed among its “primary outreach partners.”
“Shame on PBS! This has no business airing on a publicly funded network,” Brown said.
The documentary, which is being aired as part of PBS’s Point of View documentary series, is sparking debate even on the network’s website, where individuals on both sides of the issue are weighing in.
“Thank you for scheduling this documentary to be seen. I am a clinic escort/volunteer in Alabama. Dr. Tiller is a hero,” wrote one user identified as “PamelaWatters.” “I look forward to watching this with my daughter, so that she can understand why I do what I do.”
Another user simply identified as “L” wrote, “If this airs, the most honest thing to do is to show the entire ‘procedure.’ Viewers need the truth, right PBS? I highly doubt that they will be willing to show what actually happens to the baby.”
Read the diverse — and heated — debate in the comments section here.
PBS has not responded to calls and an email seeking comment from TheBlaze.
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