About 160 gathered on Tuesday, September 25th for a special sneak-peek of the Gosnell Movie sponsored by Greater Columbus Right to Life and Citizens for Community Values. In addition to getting the opportunity to see the movie before its October 12th nationwide opening, attendees were able to hear from film producer Ann McElhinney.
The movie shares exactly how the story of Gosnell’s now infamous abortion clinic was raided by police, the FBI, and the DEA on suspicions of running a narcotic pill mill. Once inside, investigators were shocked at what they found – a filthy mess of human and animal excrement, dirty equipment, and fetal remains facilitated by years of disregard by Pennsylvania state inspectors. It predominantly follows the investigation by a local (catholic) narcotics cop and a prosecutor portrayed as a pro-choice, up-and-coming on the political scene, mother of five through the investigation and trial of Kermit Gosnell.
The movie, while not graphic in the sense that one might expect, did not shy away of showing the horror of what investigators experienced. Rather than relying on portraying images of the youngest victims, the movie successfully used the actors’ emotions to relay the serious heartbreak of the situation. The result resonated with the crowd.
Producer Ann McElhiney shared that while she had started looking at the story as a reporter and writer, she herself had a change of heart on abortion while producing the screenplay and the movie. “I was always, well, let’s say neutral on the subject of abortion, which basically meant that I was in favor of it. But after writing the book and directing the film, I had a personal change of heart.”
If you missed the sneak-peek preview, it is not too late. Gosnell: The Story of America’s Biggest Serial Killer will open in theaters across the nation on October 12th. You can find a local theater by visiting www.gosnellmovie.com. If there is not a local theater playing the movie, please consider calling your local chain theater and requesting that it open in your community. Although the movie is a factual portrayal of the investigation and trial of Gosnell, it is running into difficulties with distribution and finding theaters willing to show the film. We have already seen stories – NPR refusing to advertise the film if it referred to ‘abortion’ at all, a showing in Texas being cancelled at the demand of Planned Parenthood, and similar sorts of discrimination. We have been told that there is a national attempt to keep this out of theaters, because those with a pro-abortion agenda know that if this movie is picked up by 600 theaters nationwide by October it will also run on Netflix – where millions of people around the world will hear about the story and start to speak up.
For this reason, we are encouraging every single GCRTL supporter to contact their local theater (especially AMC, Cinemark, Regal, and other large national chains) and ask them to show the Gosnell Movie. Then, you need to follow through by going to watch it. Trust us - you will not regret it!