This police/court room drama is based on actual information on Dr. Kermit Gosnell (played by Earl Billings) who for decades ran a Philadelphia inner-city abortion clinic. In 2010, Philadelphia Police Detectives Wood (Dean Cain) and Stark (Alfonzo Rachel), with DEA and FBI agents, raid the clinic for evidence of illegal prescription drug sales. They are shocked by the clinic's filthy conditions, bags of aborted fetuses in hallways, and fetal body parts stored in a refrigerator. Interviewing clinic workers, they learn: patients are given anesthesia by untrained assistants; one patient died on the operating table from an anesthesia overdose; abortions were performed on babies older than 24 weeks; and some babies were delivered alive, after which Dr. Gosnell cut their spinal cord with scissors. The detectives take the bagged bodies to the coroner and bring the situation to the attention of DA Dan Molinari (Michael Beach). An Assistant DA (Sara Jane Morris) agrees to prosecute the murder ...Written by
The Grand Jury testimony of a Gosnell patient who reported being smacked on the legs and told not to act like a baby was taken verbatim from an interview with one of Gosnell's real patients, a young African-American rape victim. See more »
The photo of "Baby Boy A" was not uncovered during the trial after pressing an employee to do the right thing. The Grand Jury report noted: "FBI Agent Huff testified that Adrienne Moton gave him consent to search her cell phone for the photograph that she took. The FBI lab was able to find the picture on cell phone; we saw this photograph, introduced as Exhibit 57. " See more »
Alexis 'Lexy' McGuire:
Why did you decide to take a picture of this particular baby?
He was so big. He looked like he could be somebody's little brother. I just thought there should be a picture of him. To show the world that he was here for a little while.
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Just before the credits start rolling, a note is added that the actual photo taken of "Baby Boy A" by a Gosnell employee can be seen at GosnellMovie.com. See more »
Regardless of one's feeling on abortion, I would hope that rational people would agree that killing a baby born alive is absolute murder. Dr. Gosnell, obviously, felt that once a baby was "marked for death" it was fine to kill it by any means necessary... His utter disregard for human life was simply horrific.
As for the movie itself, I thought that the actor that played Dr. Gosnell was excellent. Not only did he really look like him, he did an amazing job of subtly portraying a crazy person who thought he was some kind of hero to women in trouble. The movie was well-produced, had all-around great acting and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I would highly recommend this movie to any audience of teenagers on up. If you see it, make sure to stay through the credits... they show photos of the actual crime scenes and the real people who were involved in the case.
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