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Tiller documentary coming to Wichita

Published on -10/16/2013, 1:18 PM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A documentary about slain late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller and the doctors who still offer the procedure is being screened in Wichita, where Tiller practiced for years before he was murdered.

Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, the pair who directed and produced "After Tiller," are scheduled to attend the screening at Wichita's Orpheum theater on Nov. 20, The Wichita Eagle reported (http://bit.ly/19RBVCJ). Their film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

The film focuses on four doctors who were Tiller's colleagues and who continue to provide late-term abortions. Tiller was shot inside his church in 2009 by Scott Roeder, an extremist anti-abortion activist who is serving a life prison sentence for the murder.

Wilson said she sought to explore the doctors who provide abortions and their relationships with the patients who get them.

"The whole goal is to not do that screaming match between sides. The whole goal is to bring in the camera and just observe and see what's going on in the clinics," Wilson said.

She teamed up with Shane and approached the four remaining U.S. doctors who provide late abortions: Warren Hern, a friend of Tiller's who practices in Boulder, Colo.; LeRoy Carhart, who provides abortion services in Maryland; and Susan Robinson and Shelley Sella, who run a clinic in New Mexico.

Wilson said abortion is often portrayed in black and white, but she said she learned there is considerable gray area.

"The doctors and the patients . articulate that very well," Wilson said.

The film has provoked thoughtful discussion from audiences, Shane said. It's not a film where the audience walks out and wonders where they'll go to dinner, she said.

"They are thinking about it and wrestling about it and talking about it," Shane said. "It's meant to shed light on these doctors and patients in this very loud debate over abortion. No matter what people's politics are, they find out this is so much more complicated than I realized. People are thinking more deeply about their point of view on the issue."

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