The “Gosnell” Movie Touched Me the First Time I Saw It, It Seared My Soul the Second Time

Opinion   |   Maria Gallagher   |   Oct 15, 2018   |   5:16PM   |   Washington, DC

Somehow, the Gosnell movie touched my heart and seared my soul in an even more profound way, the second time around.

I had had the opportunity to see an advance screening of “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” some time ago. I had thought the script and the performances were both superb. But it took a second look over the weekend for me to feel the full weight of the movie and what it represents.

My tears began when I saw the first biohazard bags which concealed the bodies of the babies Gosnell murdered in his filthy West Philadelphia abortion facility. My weeping continued as I saw a female immigrant patient, Karnamaya Mongar, struggle after her abortion at Gosnell’s House of Horrors. Karnamaya never made it, and Gosnell was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for her death.

The gravity of Gosnell’s crimes is truly sobering. But equally troubling is the inaction of state health officials, who could have put a stop to Gosnell’s killing spree, but did not.

As one state Health Department bureaucrat says in the movie, “People die.” That is not Hollywood fantasy. That is a direct quote from the grand jury proceedings.

A Facebook friend of mine expressed her anger at state officials, including the pro-abortion Governors—Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell—who refused to allow the inspection of abortion facilities for years. I share her outrage.

I have noticed a flurry of positive comments on Twitter about the movie. But I have also seen some people who express fear at seeing the film. They worry that they will not be able to stand it.

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The fact is, the movie is not gory—it’s the type of film which skillfully suggests rather than show the pain Gosnell inflicted on his victims. It follows the lead of great films such as those of Alfred Hitchcock.

It is admittedly very hard to face the reality of what Gosnell did—that he probably killed hundreds of living, breathing full-term or near full-term babies after they were born. He was convicted of only three infant murders because he destroyed so many records. That injustice is depicted well in the movie.

But a society that hides from the truth of infanticide does great harm to its people. In supporting the movie “Gosnell,” we send a message to Hollywood and to our elected officials, that these atrocities cannot stand, that the crimes of Gosnell cannot be repeated. It is in facing the truth that we can truly be free.

Be sure to go to to find out where the movie is showing near you. Note: Maria Gallagher is the Legislative Director and Political Action Committee Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and she has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.