In 2013, Planned Parenthood received $540.6 million dollars from various government sources to kill unborn children. Now, PBS is using your tax dollars to promote this evil practice.
Tomorrow night, at 10 p.m. Eastern, PBS is showing “After Tiller,” a documentary that follows the lives of four late-term abortion doctors after their colleague George Tiller was shot. The movie, according to the directors, is to “change public perception of third-trimester abortion providers by building a movement dedicated to supporting their right to work with a special focus on maintaining their safety.” The movie has previously been screened for Members of Congress, “with the goal of ultimately affecting votes related to abortion rights.”
Perhaps even more egregious than the showing is what PBS is also providing with your dollars. From my LifeSiteNews colleague Kirsten Andersen:
Meanwhile, concerned parents should be advised that the film may soon be showing in a classroom near you. Because PBS is airing the documentary as part of its “POV” series, described as “documentaries with a point of view,” the network has made a “partner toolkit” available and is encouraging teachers and activists to borrow the documentary and host screenings in their classrooms and communities. The “toolkit” includes publicity materials, a discussion guide, lesson plan and reading list.
The toolkit, which can be seen here, has graphics entitled “How States Restrict Abortion.” It also asks discussion participants to ask what the nation needs after Tiller. Samples offered are “information,” “information,” and “dialogue.” Likewise, pro-life sidewalk counselors are called “anti-abortion,” while the pro-abortion side is described as “pro-choice” and supporting “abortion rights” and “reproductive rights.”
And the abortion-supporting research group Guttmacher is regularly cited in the toolkit.
On Friday, I got a couple of answers from PBS on the whole debacle, including their reasoning for showing the documentary:
POV told LifeSiteNews, “We do believe that ‘After Tiller’ adds another dimension to an issue that is being debated widely.” Asked if POV will show a pro-life documentary, the organization said that it “does not have any other films currently scheduled on this issue. POV received almost 1000 film submissions each year through our annual call for entries and we welcome the opportunity to consider films with a range of points of view.”
When asked whether POV was concerned about alienating its viewership — since PBS received… federal tax dollars in 2012 and half of Americans identify as pro-life — POV said, “The filmmakers would like the film to add to the discussion around these issues. Abortion is already a legal procedure.”
“This is an issue that people feel passionately about and will have a passionate response to. We are hopeful that the majority of people can see it for what it is, another lens on a very difficult issue.”
Got that? PBS wants to air a discussion about third-trimester abortions, which the directors of “After Tiller” admit is only supported by 14 percent of the American people. And what is that small minority supporting? Only the complete dismemberment of children who can feel pain, including those who can survive outside the womb. (For the realities of how abortion works, check out the detailed congressional testimony of former abortionist Anthony Levatino of how abortion is done — complete with “suction catheters” and a clamp.)
Last week, pro-life activists around the country used Twitter to protest PBS’ decision to show this egregiously pro-abortion movie. Unfortunately, PBS appears intent on showing the film to families tomorrow night, so perhaps pro-lifers can submit films that POV could show to offset the dishonest representations of late-term abortions and Dr. Leroy Carhart — one of the abortionists who, despite the sympathetic portrayal in “After Tiller,” has seen multiple women horribly injured and killed during abortions at his clinics.
Here are some ideas:
1. Via Live Action Communications Director Drew Belsky, one of his organization’s undercover video about a late-term abortion facility in Arizona.
2. Via pro-life blogger and former nurse Jill Stanek, “After the Choice,” which looks at the experiences of women who have had abortions. Or, also via Stanek, the pro-life documentary “Life Happens.”
And for a discussion topic, perhaps POV could point to the opinion of a Planned Parenthood lobbyist that it’s okay to kill a baby that survives an abortion.
Dustin Siggins is the Washington, D.C. Correspondent for Lifesitenews.com and formerly the primary blogger with Tea Party Patriots. He is a co-author of the forthcoming book, Bankrupt Legacy: The Future of the Debt-Paying Generation. He is a freelance contributor for NRO and National Catholic Register, and his work has been published by USA Today, Roll Call, Huffington Post, and Real Clear Politics, among many other outlets.