By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
It is rare when one has the opportunity to help change American culture just by buying a ticket to a film. But such is the case if you choose to view the groundbreaking movie “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.”
See a movie…make a difference.
This landmark film tells the story of those who investigated abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who operated a cesspool abortion facility in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gosnell is a cold-blooded killer who was ultimately convicted of murdering three full-term babies and involuntary manslaughter in the death of a female immigrant patient, Karnamaya Mongar.
In the massive Grand Jury report, you find that Gosnell was suspected of killing thousands of additional babies by “snipping” their spinal cords after birth. Prosecutors could only bring charges in a few cases because the diabolical doctor, while lethally sloppy about women and unborn babies, efficiently destroyed so many records.
In my judgment, here are the top five reasons to see the movie this weekend:
#1—Hollywood needs to hear from you. The more tickets are sold for Gosnell, the more powerful our voices as theater-goers. We need to send a message that films that depict common sense values—that show the sharp contrast between the darkness of evil and the light of goodness—can be box office hits.
#2—The movie will make you think. You’ll think about not only Gosnell’s crimes, but the government bureaucracy that allowed him to continue to ply his grisly trade for decades. The film will make you think about what the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade has wrought: poor health care for women…massive numbers of abortion…and Gosnell’s unbridled infanticides.
#3—The acting in “Gosnell” is superb. The portrayal of the title character is not only chilling—it is spot-on accurate. Gosnell’s defense attorney (played brilliantly by Nick Searcy who is also the film’s director) is a compelling adversary for the movie’s protagonists. The prosecutor and lead detective are entirely believable in their roles, particularly the horror they experienced when they raided Gosnell’s abortion clinic in 2010 and the subsequent trial.
#4—The directing and screenplay are outstanding. Based on true events, the film skillfully chronicles the probe of Gosnell’s vast array of crimes with intelligence and grit. The movie is not a shock-fest—it is an absorbing drama which everyone from mature teens to senior citizens can appreciate.
#5—“Gosnell” represents a pivotal moment in American culture. The movie lifts the veil on the abortion industry and one of its long-time practitioners. Through the artistic medium of film, “Gosnell” can lay the groundwork for rebuilding a culture of life in the U.S.
So be a part of film history and attend a showing of “Gosnell.” You may find yourself part of an artistic revolution which leads to the dismantling of Roe v. Wade.