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Movie review: 'After Tiller' gets beyond shouting match over abortion

Published October 17, 2013 6:10 pm

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Filmmakers Martha Shane and Lana Wilson blow open America's abortion debate in "After Tiller" simply by answering a long-dormant question: Who are the doctors who perform late-term abortions?

The documentary delivers intimate profiles of the four doctors in the United States who still perform the controversial procedure. (All of them were friends and colleagues of George Tiller, who was assassinated in his Topeka, Kan., church in 2009.)

The film visits the four in their clinics (in Nebraska, Colorado and New Mexico), where they counsel pregnant women, most of whom carry babies with fetal deformities that guarantee a short, pain-filled life if brought to term.

Shane and Wilson get beyond the shouting match to tell a moving story of real people who act on their belief that women and doctors — not politicians and priests — should control their own destinies.

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'After Tiller'

Opens Friday, Oct. 18, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving abortion, and brief strong language; 85 minutes.