By Dave Andrusko
It’s with a sense of urgency that I ask you to attend “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” in the next few days. For all the reasons we have detailed (beginning with Hollywood’s loathing of anything that puts abortion in a bad light), most of the theatres that were showing the film are no longer.
Please go to gosnellmovie.com/theaters to find out if a theater relatively nearby is showing “Gosnell.”
I’m sure I don’t have to tell regular NRL News Today readers who Kermit Gosnell is, but many people come to this site indirectly. So…
West Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell is spending the rest of his life in jail. In 2013, he was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences for murdering three babies whom he’d deliberately delivered alive and then slit their spinal cords. Had Gosnell not so thoroughly trashed his records, prosecutors believe they would have been able to charge him with hundreds of murders.
This post is to remind you to go—or go again—and bring friends and family. But I would like write two paragraphs about a very interesting review of the “Gosnell” movie which I just stumbled across (and offers even more reason for you to go).
The headline for Helen Middlebrooke’s story is right on two important counts: “’Gosnell’ tells important story with restraint.”
As much as anyone could, the team that put the movie together let the horror speak for itself, rather than (for example) showing gory photos of the spinal cords of near-full term babies Gosnell had slit. Unless you in the hip pocket of the Abortion Industry, it’d be difficult to pretend that assembly-line killing of this proportion isn’t an important story.
I found this observation from her story utterly fascinating: “Gosnell” is a powerful film that does not attack a ‘woman’s right to choose,’ but rather shows what she is choosing.”
Middlebrooke is correct that this film is not a direct attack on Roe v. Wade. One of the reasons “Gosnell” should have had many more theaters showing the film for a great deal longer is “Gosnell” largely allows the audience to make up its own mind.
However , it is also true that indirectly, the film is a powerful witness to what Roe hath wrought. How? By “showing what she is choosing.”
There is a very famous quote from Lewis Brandeis who was an associate justice of the Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939 that is often mangled. What he said was “If the broad light of day could be let in upon men’s actions, it would purify them as the sun disinfects.”
I am not so naïve as to think that exposing Gosnell’s atrocities to broad light of day would cleanse us of the Gosnells of this world. He is not an outlier and the major media are invested in keeping the wider world in the dark—see what happened to the “Gosnell” film.
But there is reason for real hope. I once read about what was then (in 2011) a new and more gentle way to disinfect places in hospitals. I scrounged around this afternoon and found an article about “UVC”:
The technology uses a form of ultraviolet (UV) light known as UVC. While UVA and UVB occur naturally in sunlight, UVC is a shorter-wave, higher-energy form of UV that is also germicidal. UVC penetrates the cell walls of microorganisms like C. diff and deactivates those cells so they can no longer replicate.
Applied to our situation, I concede that this is no easy enterprise—deactivating the abortion industry so that abortionists can no longer replicate. But the evil that is baby-killing preys on the misery of women in crisis pregnancy situations and thrives because of the river of state and federal money that flows into the coffers year in and year out. That mountain of cash need not inevitably go to places such as Planned Parenthood.
“Gosnell” is an important step forward in educating the public—and even many pro-lifers. Be sure to check out where it is showing at gosnellmovie.com/theaters.