Special to WorldTribune.com
In “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” the Left’s dirty secret is exposed: abortion is murder.
Based on the 2013 trial and grand jury report, “Gosnell” chronicles the crimes of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortionist who directed the Women’s Medical Society Clinic in Philadelphia. He was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences for the murder of three babies born alive during late-term abortions. Eyewitnesses saw him cold-heartedly cut their heads with a scissor.
Gosnell was also found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old woman who died of a sedative overdose during a 2009 procedure while under his care.
Gosnell is suspected of killing hundreds more in his clinic, infamously dubbed the “house of horrors.” The grisly murderer kept trophies of his victims; investigators discovered tiny newborn baby feet preserved in specimen jars in the refrigerator of his unsanitary clinic.
Unfortunately, Gosnell’s crimes took years to expose — due in large part, to an unwillingness of those in power to unveil the dark side of abortion. For over a decade, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Department of State and the National Abortion Federation, all turned a blind eye to numerous reports of the clinic’s health violations.
They were not the only ones. Even during Gosnell’s trial and the revelation of his abominable crimes, the media was silent. It was only once Buck County Courier Times columnist JD Mullane, a Gen-Z blogger, “exposed the media as derelict” by tweeting a photo of an empty courtroom, that the media took notice.
Despite having all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster, the media has been uncharacteristically silent on this real-life horror story. Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, the couple who wrote and produced “Gosnell,” rightly claim the film is being blackballed for opposing abortion.
“The reason they are not reviewing this movie is it shines a negative light on abortion. It asks awkward questions,” said McAleer.
Maintaining to be “value neutral,” National Public Radio refused to run ads of Gosnell as an “abortionist.” Facebook banned advertising for the movie and only two major outlets reviewed the film by opening weekend. It was also only available at a meager 673 theaters across the nation.
Even getting “Gosnell” off the ground proved challenging. Kickstarter, a global crowdfunding platform, prohibited McAleer and McElhinney from raising money for the project based on their 2017 book, “Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer.” This backfired, motivating 30,000 crowdfunders to donate $2.3 million to help make the movie.
Despite all this, “Gosnell” grossed $1.16 million opening weekend, making it the most successful independent film to date. And the mainstream media’s attempt to quash it was met with a 99 percent positive audience review on Rotten Tomatoes.
So why the intense effort to sabotage the movie? The answer is simple: Hollywood, women’s groups and radical leftists believe abortion must be defended at all costs. Any opposing view must be crushed.
But the horrific facts speak for themselves. Abortion is not about reproductive women’s health, as the left wants us to believe. Rather, it is about brutally killing the most vulnerable in our society who cannot fight for their right to life.
The filmmakers brilliantly make this point without resorting to graphic imagery. The shock value is not in seeing pictures of “Baby A,” who was viciously killed by Gosnell upon being born alive. Rather, the painstaking truth is revealed in the firsthand testimony of clinic employees who witnessed the gruesome acts. In their heart-wrenching accounts, the evil of abortion is exposed for exactly what it is: murder.
Ultimately, “Gosnell” shatters the indefensible lie the Left is desperate to perpetuate.
It gives a powerful voice to these innocent victims and debunks the myth that they are just blobs of tissue. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, those tiny feet Gosnell claims to have kept for “research,” make a compelling case for their humanity.
These victims were human beings who deserved an opportunity to flourish. Their dignity and right to life trumps everything else.
Occasional columnist Loredana Vuoto is a former speechwriter for the Senate Republican Conference and editor at The Washington Times.