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Murder on Abortion Row
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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The intersecting lives of John Salvi, a 22-year-old anti-abortionist charged with murder in the armed attacks on two Massachusetts health clinics, and his victims Leanne Nichols and Shannon Lowney, clinic receptionists. This program traces the moral terrain these three Catholics traveled, particularly over the issue that obsessed Salvi and ultimately fueled his alleged attack.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Murder on Abortion Row,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 21, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_44668BFB0F55461A8D36C82B63435862.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Murder on Abortion Row.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 21, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_44668BFB0F55461A8D36C82B63435862>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Murder on Abortion Row. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_44668BFB0F55461A8D36C82B63435862
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