If you’re fascinated by true-crime stories, complete with details on everything from whodunit to how the case was made in court, you’ll want to see the Gosnell movie. Ditto if you like good acting and spending your time with cinematic characters who draw you into the story as though they’re your neighbors. Still more dittos if you want to see what a crowdfunding campaign can achieve in the hands of people who know what they’re doing.
Most of all, you’ll want to see Gosnell – or see it again – if you care about justice for women and children whose deaths came at the hands of an abortionist who almost escaped justice. Without resorting to gore or melodrama, the film tells a challenging story and tells it well.
Gosnell is coming out on DVD on February 5th. Preorders are available now. It will soon be available on-demand.
In brief, Kermit Gosnell finally got his comeuppance after years of being protected by Pennsylvania authorities who put abortion rights ahead of women’s health. Gosnell ran a filthy abortion facility where women suffered needlessly, and he killed children who survived attempted abortion. His crimes were discovered by accident when his facility was raided as part of an investigation into prescription drug abuse. That’s where the movie begins: the drug raid, when police discovered horrors they hadn’t come looking for.
Gosnell, formerly a doctor, is serving a life sentence in prison. He continues to maintain that he did nothing wrong. He’s counting on people forgetting what he did, what a grand jury reported, and what prosecutors proved in court.
Watch Gosnell not only for its value as a challenging and inspiring film. Watch it so that Kermit Gosnell’s victims will be remembered.
The producers of the film had quite a time getting it financed and made and distributed. Something about the topic prompted resistance in certain circles. Crowdfunding and persistence won the day. The result is a movie I recommend.
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