Movie Review: Gosnell: The Ugly Truth About Abortion


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer, directed by Nick Searcy, is a bone-chilling realization of the shoddy practices of abortion. The movie is based on real events, detailing the rise and ultimate fall of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor who operated a clinic out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Gosnell’s clinic was no ordinary clinic, unfortunately. Within the first few minutes of the movie, the audience is already made aware of just how incomprehensible the clinic’s actions are. Without giving away climactic parts, it’s worth noting that people as young as 15 years old, without proper training, were working, and performing procedures in the clinic.

Dr. Gosnell, as depicted in the movie, was an interesting character. He viewed himself as a good man, as he thought he was doing a great service to women by performing abortions, robbing the life of the preborn. In Gosnell’s case, though, there’s more to his career than just typical abortions. As the movie progressed, the Philadelphia Police Department was eventually made aware of the myriad of violations plaguing Gosnell’s clinic. However, the unsanitary conditions, coupled with the illegal practices of the minor staff was the least of their worries.

The highlight, or lowlight of the movie was when Assistant District Attorney Lexy McGuire became concerned with other happenings in the clinic. This is where the movie sped up, and cemented an early legacy in film. After law enforcement officers raided the clinic, they became aware of what appeared to be human bodies in waste bags scattered throughout the clinic. What they found after removing the bags, not only confirmed their worst fear, but opened up what would be a highly contested court case.

Now, Lexy McGuire and the rest of the Philly PD had enough evidence to put Dr. Kermit Gosnell on trial. They believed they had concrete proof of Gosnell committing first degree murder, along with performing abortions past the legal limit, and involuntary manslaughter of a young mother named Karnamaya Mongar. The progression of the trial was the climax of the movie. Andrew Klavan, who wrote the story, did an exceptional job at bringing the court case to life, as if we were in the courtroom ourselves. The court case brought out emotion in the courtroom, and in the movie theater.

This wasn’t “storybook ending” emotions, but rather genuine feelings of discomfort and shock. What seemed like a lost cause for Lexy McGuire, and eventual freedom for Gosnell, turned into sighs of relief and victory after one of the former employees of the clinic informed Detective James Wood, played by Dean Cain, of a crucial piece of evidence that would bring the case to its boiling point. The evidence was a picture taken inside of the clinic, but wasn’t shown to us, as the gruesomeness was too much for a movie.

The picture proved to be the turning point in the case, as Gosnell was eventually convicted of first degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and countless other charges of illegal abortions. As we know, Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison without parole, and remains one of the most notorious serial killers to this day.

The quick hour and a half movie severely played with your emotions, as you had a sense of relief after the court case was over, but left the theater in pure shock and disgust. As a casual movie-goer, this was one of the better movies I’ve seen recently, and deserves even more credit for being low budget. To everyone who isn’t familiar with the horrors of Gosnell’s clinic, I urge you to go view this movie, and see for yourself the inhumane practices of abortion.

To see the crucial piece of evidence in the case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, click here: 

Lou Scataglia is a senior at Waynesburg University studying accounting and finance. His hobbies include bowling and workout out. When he's not doing those, he is talking NFL football and enjoys watching his beloved Denver Broncos.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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Lou Scataglia is a senior at Waynesburg University studying accounting and finance. His hobbies include bowling and workout out. When he's not doing those, he is talking NFL football and enjoys watching his beloved Denver Broncos.

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