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 (Dean Cain and Michael Beach), with DEA and FBI agents, raid the clinic for evidence of illegal drug prescription 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 that: 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 DA's attention. A prosecutor (Sara Jane Morris) agrees to take up the murder case. Getting a warrant to search Dr. ...Written by
The psychologist referred to as participating in the "Mothers' Day Massacre" was Harvey Karman, a high-profile advocate of legalized abortion. In 1955 he had performed an illegal abortion resulting in the woman's death. Governor Jerry Brown subsequently pardoned Karman, who promptly resumed practicing abortion and training others in the "menstrual extraction" method of early abortion that he had developed. This was how he met the members of the "Jane" illegal abortion syndicate in Chicago. Karman was so highly respected in abortion-rights circles that the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the government of Bangladesh invited him to train lay abortionists in the use of his new "super coil" second-trimester abortion method. Karman augmented the "super coils" with pieces of balsa wood while demonstrating his technique on women pregnant after being raped by soldiers. The results were disastrous, with a high rate of life-threatening complications. It was after this debacle that the "Jane" syndicate was raided and its lay abortionists jailed. They contacted Karman, who elected to forgo the slivers of balsa and use the "super coils" by themselves on the women "Jane" bused to Philadelphia. The experiment was filmed by a crew from a PBS station in New York. The footage is now considered lost. 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 »
Much of the film taken from actual witness and trial transcripts. I thought it was very well done. The "pro-choice" prosecutor wasn't intending to make a case against abortion--people can claim the film has a "pro-life" agenda but it's easy to see it doesn't. The only side that made it about abortion was the doctor's defense. A good movie in terms of acting, filmmaking, pacing, and a solid storyline.
It's a tough subject, but no gory pictures. Teens and up should have no issues seeing this movie.
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