Opinion: Gosnell movie vanishes from theaters across the nation


Samantha Salamone

If you are interested in seeing Gosnell, The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer, a movie about Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor convicted of murder, you are probably out of luck.

The most recent showings were only available in 12 out of 50 states. In 10 out of 12 of these states, it was only showing in one theater. My parents and I planned on seeing this film one night recently, only to find out that the closest showing was in Idaho.

In its first week after it was released, it brought in $1.16 million dollars of ticket sales, while it only opened in 673 theatres across the nation. People actually want to see this. But many pro-choice activists don’t want us to.

The movie depicts the trial of Kermit Gosnell, an abortionist who ran a clinic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, under shockingly inhumane conditions. His clinic was called the Women’s Medical Society, and in this clinic, the providers were untrained and uncertified; babies were born alive and executed with scissors and knives; women were highly uncared for and at least one died as a result; fetal remains were strewn about the clinic, and newborn feet were kept in a freezer for “research.”

I would think that despite one’s beliefs about abortion, these inhumane practices should be brought to light and recognized for their criminality. Several pro-choice reviewers and media outlets across the nation, however, did their best to downplay the true story the movie depicts.

NBC reporter Robin Marty stated in an article, “Since Gosnell was only convicted on three counts of first degree murder, the ‘America’s Biggest’ moniker is a bit of a stretch.”

While Gosnell was only convicted on three counts, there is solid evidence about murders of many more infants. Furthermore, the implication that three lives are insignificant is offensive.

Some might say in defense of pro-choice that what Gosnell did was completely different from legal abortion. But I believe it is not.

Whether the baby is inside or outside the womb is irrelevant. These babies are alive, breathing, moving, and their hearts are beating. So what does it matter if they’re inside or outside the womb? They’re still there, alive, and human, and that is exactly what this documentary proves. And that is exactly what some pro-choice activists and the abortion industry don’t want us to see, because if people were to actually see the truth about this practice, legal and illegal, they might actually change their minds. They might actually see fetuses as babies, and not just a choice.

Back to my previous statement: it really doesn’t matter where you stand. Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, whether you like it or not, this is a true story about a serial killer. We deserve to know the truth.

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