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December 4, 2009

Late-Term Abortion Practices Continue

Days after the abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was shot dead in May, his colleague Dr. Leroy H. Carhart spoke to NOW and vowed to carry on Tiller's mission. True to his promise, Carhart has begun performing some abortions “past 24 weeks” and said he is willing to perform later-stage abortions if they meet legal requirements, according to a New York Times article.

Carhart, who works in Nebraska, has hired two people who had worked at Dr. Tiller’s clinic.

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December 7, 2009

2009: The Most Popular NOW Videos

We've researched the five most popular online videos from NOW on PBS, and are proud to share them with you:

1. Food Inc.
Behind the food we love—Secrets that giant food companies don't want you to know.


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January 25, 2010

Partners in Health Offers Hope for Haiti

The Hope for Haiti Now telethon has so far raised $58 million for relief efforts in Haiti, a new record for the most funds raised during a telethon.

Hosted by George Clooney and Haiti-born musician Wyclef Jean, the two-hour telethon, attracted millions of viewers. Donations will be given to seven relief organizations including Partners in Health, a Boston-based group that has been providing health care in Haiti for over 20 years.

Last year, NOW on PBS profiled the unique work of Partners in Health, traveling to Rwanda to see how the organization is radically reinventing health care delivery. Our show included an interview with the group's co-founder, Paul Farmer, who shares his innovative philosophy for providing health care relief in impoverished countries.

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January 29, 2010

Scott Roeder Convicted: What's Next for Abortion Providers?

On January 29, a jury in Witchita found confessed killer Scott Roeder guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.

Abortion opponents, who had tried for decades to disrupt Dr. Tiller’s practice, have turned much of their attention to his colleague, Dr. Leroy Carhart. Dr. Carhart vowed to carry on Tiller's mission in Nebraska and hired two people who had worked at Dr. Tiller’s clinic. In the NOW on PBS report "Abortion Providers Under Siege," Dr. Carhart spoke to NOW’s Maria Hinojosa about what it's like for him and his family to live as "targets."

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