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After Tiller

Funded by: The Fledgling Fund, Artemis Media Ventures, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Educational Foundation of America, New York State Council on the Arts, Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program, Bertha BRITDOC Foundation

Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in May 2009, there are only four American doctors who openly provide third-trimester abortions. After Tiller paints a complex, compassionate portrait of these physicians, who have become the new number-one targets of the anti-abortion movement, yet continue to risk their lives every day to do work that many believe is murder, but which they believe is profoundly important for their patients’ lives. The film weaves together in-depth interviews with the doctors with intimate vérité scenes from their lives and inside their clinics, where they counsel and care for their anxious, vulnerable patients at an important crossroads in their lives. By sharing the moving stories of several of these patients, After Tiller illuminates the experiences of women who seek late abortions.

The film’s campaign has shifted coverage of third-trimester abortion from abstract debate to a concrete focus on the rationale of doctors and patients. More medical students are engaging their universities in discussions about abortion care training, and the clinics featured in the film and their allies have received letters of support. The film was used to rally volunteers to fight an Albuquerque ballot measure, which would have severely decreased access to third-trimester abortions if it passed.


This film was a selection for the 2014 Media Impact Festival. Find out more about the film’s funding and impact in its full festival case study.

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