PBS Premiere: September 1, 2014
Online: Sept. 2, 2014 – Oct. 1, 2014
Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's After Tiller is a deeply humanizing and probing portrait of the only four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas—and in the face of intense protest from abortion opponents. It is also an examination of the desperate reasons women seek late abortions. Rather than offering solutions, After Tiller presents the complexities of these women's difficult decisions and the compassion and ethical dilemmas of the doctors and staff who fear for their own lives as they treat their patients.
After Tiller (90 min.)
September 1, 2014
After Tiller does viewers the great service of providing light where there's usually only heat, giving a human face and heart to what previously might have been an abstract issue or quickly scanned news item.
— Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
Debuting helmers Martha Shane and Lana Wilson manage a rare feat in After Tiller, making a calm, humanist documentary about a hot-button topic.
— Alissa Simon, Variety
Brings an emotional clarity to an issue in which every nuanced turn of phrase has been made politically complicated.
— Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
One of the most courageous pieces of filmmaking... I've ever seen.
— Susan Gerhard, Fandor