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
According to the Grand Jury Report: "Kareema Cross and Ashley Baldwin testified about a baby who we will call "Baby Boy A," born in July 2008. According to an ultrasound, the 17-year old mother was 29.4 weeks pregnant. Gosnell induced labor and sedated the mother, who delivered a baby boy. Cross saw Baby Boy A breathe and move. Gosnell dismissed Cross's observations, telling her, "it's the baby's reflexes. It's not really moving." Cross told us that the baby was 18 to 19 inches long and nearly the size of her own newborn daughter, who was six pounds, six ounces at birth. Even Gosnell commented on Baby Boy A's size, joking "this baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop." Cross testified that she saw "the doctor just slit the neck" and place the remains in a clear plastic shoebox for disposal.
Employees Adrienne Moton and Ashley Baldwin also were present. All three workers were so startled by Baby Boy A's size that they each took a photograph. .... A neonatologist viewed ... the photograph of Baby Boy A. Based on his size, hairline, muscle mass, subcutaneous tissue, well-developed scrotum, and other characteristics, the neonatologist opined that the gestational age was at least 32 weeks. The Grand Jury was able to identify this baby because Kareema Cross remembered the 17-year-old mother, who came in with her great-aunt, who testified before the Grand Jury." Gosnell had started the multi-stage abortion at a National Abortion Federation clinic in Delaware, where he worked one day a week. 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 »
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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