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POV: After Tiller

Airs Monday, September 1, 2014 at 11:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Dr. Hern with a patient.

This is a probing portrait of the 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. Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. By Martha Shane and Lana Wilson.

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After Tiller - Trailer

Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, only four doctors in the country openly provide late abortions. With unprecedented access, After Tiller goes inside the lives of these physicians working at the center of the storm.

After Tiller: When the Diagnosis Guarantees Suffering

Dr. Stella meets with two couples who wanted children but are choosing to abort because their babies would be born with severe abnormalities.

After Tiller: Consequences of Making Abortion Illegal

Dr. Hern explains how his experiences witnessing illegal abortions made him to decide to offer abortion services.

After Tiller: The Nebraska Legislature

Nebraska lawmakers hear a proposal limiting abortion to before 20 weeks because abortion opponents claim that is when a fetus feels pain.

After Tiller: Serena’s Story

A young woman discusses her financial and personal reasons for choosing abortion and her concerns about judgment from others.

After Tiller: Finding a Clinic Space in Maryland

Dr. Carhart faces opposition from anti-abortion communities while trying to finding a space to rent for his abortion services.

After Tiller: How Far Does the Right to Protest Go?

Protestors picket the school attended by the daughter of the man who owns the property where Dr. Carhart practices.