If you needed something to watch on Labor Day and you’re not satisfied with the latest DVD releases, why not turn your TV over to PBS? Yes, believe it or not, the station still exists and it’s still being partially funded by your tax dollars. So why not see what you’re paying for?
Well, it turns out that PBS’s September 1st offering will be a nasty piece of pro-abortion propaganda called After Tiller. It’s a documentary meant to “humanize” those few, brave late-term abortionists still willing to kill a fetus in the third trimester. Not surprisingly, doctors have studiously avoided the procedure in the years following the murder of George Tiller, a Kansas late-termer. Or maybe, like most people in America, even abortion doctors have their ethical limits.
Either way, the point of After Tiller isn’t to condemn these late-term abortionists but rather to celebrate them. On the PBS website, the film is described as a “deeply humanizing and probing portrait of the only four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions” as well as an “examination of the desperate reasons women seek late abortions.”
“Shame on PBS,” said Judie Brown of the American Life League, a grassroots pro-life organization. “This has no business airing on a publicly funded network.”
The trailer for the movie makes no bones about where its allegiances lie. Even as the filmmakers try to ride the fence and present their documentary as a “balanced” look at the issues, quotes from the movie betray their intentions. “You have two choices and they both suck,” one doctor in the film says to a patient. It’s enough to make you wonder whether this is how abortion doctors and pro-choice advocates think about the beauty of childbirth. Well, you can either abort, which is unfortunate…or you can have the baby. Also unfortunate.
Don’t any of these abortion doctors have respect for their own lives? Do the producers of this film? Do the executives at PBS? It’s baffling that anyone could look at their own life and consider it so meaningless that they could honestly say that their mothers should have been allowed to kill them in the womb.
But ok. That’s abortion, and it’s an issue that will rage forever.
But this. This issue of late-term abortions. It’s a whole other matter. To abort a child when it could conceivably live outside the womb…well, frankly it inspires the kind of outrage that led to George Tiller’s death. And I’m not advocating in the least for what happened to Tiller, but when you are essentially committing infanticide on a regular basis I find it difficult to dredge up a wellspring of sympathy. That Tiller’s colleagues are now the subject of glorification – and on the public airwaves, no less – is just a sign of how monstrously liberal this country has become.