Friday, February 1, 2013

The Abortionist Saints of Sundance by L. Brent Bozell III

Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival featured a documentary celebrating four "amazing" abortionists who evacuate wombs in the third trimester of pregnancy. The critics in attendance loved it. The Philadelphia Inquirer boasted it drew "two standing ovations — one for the doctors."

Sundance attendees in Utah were greeted by police and armed sheriffs in green jumpsuits that made a show of force outside the theater. They had to have their bags searched and were inspected with handheld metal detectors. After the movie was shown, two police officers stood at the front of the auditorium as the directors and the four abortionists featured in the film answered audience questions.

The message was clear: pro-lifers are dangerous.

The film's name is "After Tiller," as in the late-term abortionist George Tiller, shot to death in 2009 inside his Lutheran church on a Sunday in Kansas. The filmmakers are two deluded women in their 20s, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson. They claim this film is non-political, that it's calm in tone.

"Our agenda is not political but humanist," they declared in a statement. "The nation's shouting match over abortion has become increasingly distanced from the real-life situations and decisions faced by those people most intimately involved," and so they aspired to "shed more light rather than more heat" on the issue.

"Those people most intimately involved" in an abortion are the ones aborted. For them, there is no shouting match. They have no voice.

As for the film's tone, consider this quote: "We're 40 years after Roe v. Wade, and the women in America are in worse shape than they were 40 years ago. Their rights are being trampled in the street." This quote came from abortionist and activist LeRoy Carhart in the film. This was the line singled out by Marlow Stern as he began his promotional article for the Daily Beast.

A trailer for the documentary shows there's more venom where that came from. After "After Tiller" was shot, Carhart said, "there were no other thoughts in my mind but to carry out the mission." But in Kansas, said Carhart, "The Republican Party said I was an abomination and should be driven from the state."

He demonized the pro-life movement: "You don't give in to terrorists because it only gets worse."

Please read the remainder of the article at CNS here 

The video for After Tiller can be viewed here

On the website Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights, they write of this documentary:

A documentary about those who perform late-term abortions, “After Tiller,” previewed at the Sundance Film Festival this week. The directors of the movie, Lana Wilson and Martha Shane, were interviewed by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! about their film. Bill Donohue found much of what they said revealing [click here to read it]:

George Tiller was the most maniacal child killer in U.S. history, and it is testimony to his deeds (he was the king of partial-birth abortion) that there are only four “doctors” left in the entire nation who are able to do what he did for a living (three of whom worked with him). “After Tiller” is their story. But it is also our story: these people unwittingly validate the pro-life position.

Goodman discusses how these abortionists are faced with “dilemmas” and “agonizing” decisions. Dr. Shelley Sella uses the term “baby” to speak of the unborn children she readily discards, and director Shane mentions how these women go on “grieving the loss of their child.” Best of all is Dr. Susan Robinson who recounts what she tells her patients:

“Look, of course you don’t want an abortion. Nobody wants an abortion. You have three choices: You can have a kid that you say you can’t take good care of; you can have a kid and give it to somebody else, who you know or don’t know; or you can have an abortion, which you think is the wrong thing to do. Those are your three choices. They all suck.”

The remainder of the article can be read here

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