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
One of the reasons for the delay in removing Karnamaya Mongar from the clinic after she had stopped breathing was that the back door to the building was padlocked shut and nobody could find the key. The emergency responders needed access to the back door because the narrow halls and stairs in the building made it impossible to get a gurney in and out through the front door. They eventually had to resort to bolt cutters to open the back door. 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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During the credits, photos are displayed showing the real Kermit Gosnell and Karnamaya Mongar, photos taken by law enforcement inside Gosnell's clinic and house, two of the turtles removed from the clinic, and video of Gosnell playing classical music on the piano while the police were searching his house. 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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