‘After Tiller’ Screening And Panel Discussion

Date: November 6, 2013
Start Time: 7:20 pm
End Time: 10:00 pm
Location: West End Cinema
Address: 2301 M St NW
Where: Washington, DC
RSVP: Tickets are available here. RSVP on Facebook.

Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in May 2009, there are only four American doctors left who openly provide third-trimester abortions. After Tiller paints a complex, compassionate portrait of these physicians—Dr. LeRoy Carhart, Dr. Warren Hern, Dr. Susan Robinson and Dr. Shelley Sella—who have become the new number-one targets of the anti-abortion movement, yet continue to risk their lives every day to do work that many believe is murder, but which they believe is profoundly important for their patients’ lives. The film weaves together revealing, in-depth interviews with the doctors with intimate vérité scenes from their lives and inside their clinics, where they counsel and care for their anxious, vulnerable patients at an important crossroads in their lives. By sharing the moving stories of several of these patients, After Tiller illuminates the experiences of women who seek late abortions and the reasons why they do so.

Post-Film Discussion: Covering Abortion Politics in A Post-Tiller World
Panelists: Tara Culp-Ressler, Health Editor of Think Progress; Jodi Jacobson, Editor-in-Chief of RH Reality Check; Jamila Bey, Host of The Sex, Politics and Religion Hour: SPAR With Jamila on AM 1390 and AM 1430; and Julia Reticker-Flynn, Associate Director of Youth Organizing and Mobilization at Advocates for Youth.
Moderated by WAM! DC leadership member Soraya Chemaly

Jamila Bey is a journalist based in Washington, D.C. where she hosts the weekly radio show The Sex, Politics and Religion Hour: SPAR With Jamila on AM 1390 and AM 1430 in New York City.  She is also a writer for the Washington Post blog,  She the People. Jamila served a decade-long stint as a producer and editor at National Public Radio working for shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Tell Me More with Michel Martin, and Talk of the Nation.  Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Humanist of London, Jazz Times Magazine, WebMD, The Today Show and radio stations around the country. A sought-after speaker and writer, Jamila’s areas of expertise include health and family policy, and all issues concerning the First Amendment.  She particularly enjoys reporting on issues concerning religion and the separation of church and state. She is writing her first book about the role of religion in the lives of African-American women.

Tara Culp-Ressler is the Health Editor for the political blog ThinkProgress, specializing in reproductive health issues and sexual assault prevention. She was previously a Health Reporter for the site. Before joining the ThinkProgress team, Tara worked at several progressive faith-based nonprofits, including Faith in Public Life, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and Interfaith Voices. Her work has also appeared in the Atlantic.

Jodi L. Jacobson is a long-time leader in the health and development community and an advocate with extensive experience in public health, gender equity, human rights, environment and demographic issues. She is currently President and Editor-in-Chief of RH Reality Check. Previously, Ms. Jacobson was the Director of Advocacy at American Jewish World Service, where she established a new department. In these prior positions, Ms. Jacobson was frequently sought out by the media for comment on issues related to public health.  She has been quoted extensively the Lancet, BMJ and The Economist and national daily news media including The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. She has written numerous articles and papers, and is the co-author of 10 books. Prior to establishing CHANGE, Ms. Jacobson was a consultant to numerous organizations in the environmental and reproductive health and population fields, including the International Women’s Health Coalition, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Population Council, and the Women’s Environment and Development Organization. Her previous work experience includes a position as Senior Policy Analyst for Energy and Environment at the National Governor’s Association (fellowship), and as a Senior Researcher at the WorldWatch Institute (1985 to 1994).

Julia Reticker-Flynn is the Associate Director of Youth Organizing and Mobilization at Advocates for Youth, where she works with young people across the country to advocate for cultural and policy change that supports young people’s sexual health and rights. Since starting at Advocates in 2010 she has trained over one thousand young people on grassroots organizing skills, mobilized thousands to take action on federal policy initiatives to protect young people’s sexual health and rights, and launched the 1 in 3 Campaign to destigmatize abortion and promote access to abortion services. Julia sits on the Board of Directors of Nursing Students for Choice. She graduated from Georgetown University Phi Beta Kappa, with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and certificate in Justice and Peace Studies.