Watch the trailer for the new documentary “After Tiller”

I’ve been looking forward to this film coming out since the early days of the project, and the just-released trailer has be even more excited. Created by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, After Tiller follows the lives of the four remaining late-term abortion providers in the aftermath of Dr. Tiller’s assissination. It hits theaters on September 20.

Transcript after the jump. 


“Sedgrick County 911.”

“Dr. Tiller was just shot at Reformation Lutheran Church.”

George Tiller was a target of anti-abortion extremists. His Wichita clinic was bombed in 1995 and then, at the age of 67, he was murdered at church.

The death of Dr. Tiller leaves only four doctors in the country who are able to perform late-term abortions.

“There was absolutely no question in any of our minds that we were going to keep on doing this work.”

“What really got me interested was when they started shooting doctors.”

“I had five shots fired through the front windows of my office. Many, many times I felt so alone.”

“How many times did you receive threatening phone calls because of what I did?”

“People call and I just hang up.”

“When I walk out the door, I expect to be assassinated.”

“Our goal is not merely to make abortion illegal but to make it unthinkable.”

“Late-term abortions–this is where everybody draws the line.”

“They said I was an abomination that should be driven from the state.”

“I immediately started getting death threats in the middle of the night.”

“You don’t give in because it only gets worse. If I give in and stop doing anything after 20 weeks, some women may get desperate and do things on their own. This is something that needs to be done.”

“What drive women to seek a third-trimester abortion? Unless people understand what is going on for the women, it’s impossible to support it.”

“It’s guilt no matter which way you go. Guilt if you go ahead and do what we’re doing or bring him into this world and then he doesn’t have any quality of life.”

“You have choices–they all suck.”

“Sometimes it’s been hard for me to feel like I can continue.”

“Of course you don’t want an abortion. Nobody wants an abortion.”

“She has a disease where she can’t bend at her joints.”

“She could be a stillborn.”

“She’s just too far along–I can’t help her.”

“What the right think to do? What’s really helping people?”

“I just thought the other day, I can’t retire, my god, there aren’t enough of us.”

St. Paul, MN

Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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