There are two abortion films gaining significant attention in the media as of late. Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer, released October 12, 2018, and Unplanned which is in theaters presently.
Gosnellmovie.com provides the following synopsis: The film is the shocking true story of the investigation and trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell – his 30-year killing spree and the political and media establishment that tried to cover it up. Originally investigated for illegal prescription drug sales, a raid by DEA, FBI & local law enforcement revealed crimes they could not have expected within the clinic. Based on the NY Times Bestseller — Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer.
Unplannedfilm.com highlights the story of the film’s main character Abby Johnson. Unplanned is the inspiring true story of one woman’s journey of transformation. All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women about their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose even led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything, leading Abby Johnson to join her former enemies at 40 Days For Life, and become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America.
Gosnell has been brought back to attention due to President Trump approving it to be screened at the White House. Officials for the White House stated the president was not expected to be in attendance but as to be expected, there would be several pro-life activists invited to watch the movie.
The significance of Gosnell being screened at the White House is a clear message of support for Trump’s religious anti-abortion base and is a rebuke of the Democratic Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam and other members of his party who support full-term and after-birth abortion.
In the spirit of Roe V Wade and a woman’s right to choose these two films bring to light the complexity of abortion. They tell the stories of a physician who was convicted of first-degree murder for the deaths of three infants who were born alive and involuntary manslaughter in the death of a patient undergoing an abortion procedure. Kermit Gosnell was ultimately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In Unplanned, the woman who was tasked with convincing tens of thousands of other women to see the benefits of abortion did a 180 and now speaks to the value of life.
Gosnell, Northam and many others see nothing wrong with terminating a fetus when it’s outside of the womb. Perhaps in their minds, their heart is in the right place. Perhaps they see the fetus being born prior to its abortion as an inconvenience: a medical procedure if you will. Perhaps those who support infanticide, which is what the termination of an infant after birth is, should have a look in the mirror. If they are unable to distinguish the difference between abortion in the first trimester and a woman’s right to choose from full term and after birth abortion maybe they should have a conversation with a person who has survived abortion. They can start with the person staring back at them.