On Monday, Oct. 25th at 9pm watch the premiere of “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller,” narrated by MSNBC talk show host, Rachel Maddow. Maddow will bring viewers inside the intricate story of the events leading to the murder of Dr. George Tiller, a prominent Kansas abortion doctor who was fatally shot on May 31, 2009, by anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder.
Join us for the live broadcast of “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller” at:
Main Lecture Hall
Franklin Patterson Hall
Maddow has said that “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller” will focus on how and why the murder happened and will feature interviews with people viewers will be surprised to see on the air.
The documentary also includes a never-before-broadcast interview with Dr. Tiller describing a 1993 attack on his life where he was shot 5 times at point-blank range by anti-abortion extremist Shelley Shannon. Despite his life-threatening injuries, Dr. Tiller returned to work the very next day. Tiller said, “There was never any question in my mind that I was not going to go to work the next day. I was going to work—hell or high water. I’m not gonna be run over—I’m not gonna be run out. It’s that simple.”
Directly following Dr. Tiller’s assassination—sixteen years after this first attempt on his life—CLPP released a statement urging activists, media figures, and politicians to create justice in our communities:
The anti-abortion movement bolsters violent language and violent organizing tactics. While this movement did not pull the trigger that murdered Dr. Tiller, they normalized the dehumanization of abortion providers, helped along by right-wing talk show hosts like Bill O’Reilly.
Commentators on both sides have said that such violence is responding to our recent successes, part of a backlash. We don't agree. This kind of reasoning both blames the victim and accepts that violence is an inevitable response and an accepted part of our society. We are no longer talking to each other as human beings about our differences; we have taken the issue of abortion out of the context of our lives as young women, mothers, and members of our community.
—From “In Memory Of Dr. George Tiller: Renewing Our Commitment To Justice”
The airing of “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller” on October 25th is especially timely, as Scott Roeder is now the subject of a federal grand jury investigation exploring whether his actions were part of a broader conspiracy. In addition, politicians on both sides of the political spectrum—from Sarah Palin to David Axelrod—agree that the debate over abortion continuing to be a legal option will be an extremely important issue in November’s elections.
The live broadcast is part of the Abortion & PopCulture fall series and sponsored by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program, Center for Feminisms, Feminist Studies at Hampshire College, and Food for Thought Books.
We hope you will join us on Monday.