Dr. LeRoy Carhart made the decision to perform third-trimester abortions after Dr. Tiller was murdered. His clinic was in Bellevue, Nebraska. The Nebraska State Legislature took action and passed a new law that prevents all abortions after twenty weeks. This turn of events caused Dr. Carhart to search for space out of state. He found an ideal location in Germantown, Maryland. However, anti-abortion protesters converged and are trying to get rid of Dr. Carhart and his clinic.
Seventy-four year old Dr. Warren Hern, who is adorable, has performed abortions for a long time. He is the grandfather everyone would want.
Dr. Hern practices in Boulder, Colorado. He is well aware that the work he chooses to do put himself and his family in danger. He finally has the family he's always wanted and is questioning if his work and his family can co-exist.
The last two doctors who participate in this documentary are Dr. Shelly Sella and Dr. Susan Robinson. Both worked with Dr. Tiller and found themselves out of a job after he was murdered. These two women moved their practice to Albuquerque , New Mexico. Even though the going is a bit easier than in Kansas, there are still problems. Mainly, these doctors are now responsible for deciding who gets an abortion and who doesn't. The weight of the situation is heavy on their shoulders. In Kansas, an outside physician had to approve each decision they made.
Filmmakers Martha Shane and Lana Wilson have done an excellent job with this film. It's well made and its message is clear.
However, the message is one-sided. What is not shown in the film is the anti-abortionist's side. These people are outspoken and most interested people know where they stand, but I don't think showing the protests and meetings is enough to balance out the film. Often the protesters at a clinic is two people, one with a sign and one that sets there to watch the person with the sign. I suspect the purpose of this is to let the clinics know they are still there.
The most touching and telling events in the film are the two women doctors. Deciding who gets a third-trimester abortion and who doesn't can be gut wrenching. They have women calling from as far away as France who call to request the doctor's services.
For those who are interested in the subject of third-trimester abortions, they will probably find this to be an interesting, but unbalanced documentary.
Oscilloscope Pictures site with schedule of screenings.
"After Tiller" on Facebook
Terra King on Facebook