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 City of Philadelphia had cremated the remains of the 47 intact babies found at Gosnell's clinic and buried them in an unmarked grave at Laurel Hill Cemetery on September 12, 2013. See more »
The forceps held up by Gosnell's attorney were obstetric forceps rather than the Bierer or Hern forceps that would be used in an abortion. 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 »
I knew the general outlines of this story, and had high hopes for this film, and it still blew me away! They took an extremely difficult subject and somehow made a PG-13 movie that was pitch perfect. All of the horror is conveyed but graphic images are minimized so as not to make anyone turn away.
By the way, Dean Cain and Zo Rachel make such a great team, they could use their characters to make one of those buddy cop movies.
There is no soapbox preaching here. Just a first rate movie about something that really happened. Go see it.
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