‘Gosnell’ Movie About Murderous Abortionist Faces Hollywood Hurdles


“Gosnell,” the new movie about late-term abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell — whose specialty was murdering babies after pulling them from their mothers’ wombs — is having a hard time finding a distributor.

According to a Nov. 29 story at Breitbart.com:

The true story of America’s foremost abortionist is so toxic to Hollywood that no major film distributor will go near it, claims a producer of the upcoming film about the life of convicted murderer Dr. Kermit Gosnell.

In a phone call with Breitbart News on Tuesday, producer Phelim McAleer said that a number of major studios and distributors have rejected the film, including several major streaming services.

McAleer declined to name specific distributors, citing nondisclosure agreements.

What did Gosnell do that was so bad that nobody wants to distribute a movie about it? According to a May 2013 story, also on Breitbart.com:

The jury in the trial of Kermit Gosnell found the Philadelphia abortionist guilty on three of the four first-degree murder charges against him. LifeNews reports that Gosnell was found guilty of killing Baby A, Baby C and Baby D; he was found not guilty of killing Baby E.

In addition, he was also convicted on hundreds of lesser charges ranging from infanticide to running a corrupt organization. Gosnell potentially faces the death penalty when a second jury is impaneled to determine sentencing on these convictions.

Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of patient Karnamaya Mongar, who died after a botched abortion. He was also found guilty on most of the more than 200 counts of violating Pennsylvania’s informed consent law.

Gosnell didn’t get the death sentence he imposed on countless infants, instead receiving life in prison without possibility for parole, plus an extra 30 years for fraudulently dispensing narcotics.

Two years before David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress released undercover videos showing how Planned Parenthood trafficked in the body parts of aborted infants, the Gosnell trial ripped the shroud off the abortion industry. Buried under euphemisms like “choice” and “procedure” and “termination,” the reality of abortion was seldom discussed in the mainstream media and certainly not shown.

As Ireland debates altering its pro-life laws, McAleer and his wife and co-producer, Ann McElhinney, wrote an op-ed warning the Emerald Isle that too much transparency about abortion might not have the outcome advocates wish. The spouses started out as “fairly disinterested” in the topic of abortion, but working on “Gosnell” changed their views — as it did for many who followed the case.

From a Nov. 2015 op-ed for the Irish Times (which contains graphic details of abortion presented during the trial):

But our experience of the Gosnell case is that anyone who has learned more about the reality of abortion – the pulling apart of the foetus, the injecting of poison into the heart, the “comfort care” – has come away with only negative feelings about the procedure.

It may be a case of be careful what you wish for.

McAleer and McElhinney’s warning may have been prophetic. From a Nov. 22 story at ABC (Australia):

While the Irish may have established their progressive bona fides last year with their vote on same-sex marriage, a vote on abortion could produce a very different result.

In almost all circumstances, abortion is a criminal offence in Ireland.

“If we went out tomorrow with a narrowly constructed referendum, just saying that you could access abortion in cases of rape, incest, fatal foetal abnormality and a risk to life, it would pass, no problem, but it wouldn’t help very many people,” said [Professor Fiona de Londras].

“If we went out with a much more transformative referendum proposition that would take this question out of the hands of the constitution and force politicians to be responsible and to stand up and make decisions about what the abortion regime in Ireland should be, I’m not sure whether it would pass or not.

“It would be extremely tight.”

As for “Gosnell,” which is currently in post-production, McAleer told Breitbart that he and McElhinney are planning an independent release to get around Hollywood’s efforts to block the film.

“This is one of the biggest crime sprees in American history,” McAleer said. “The book and movie will ensure that the cover-up is ended, and the truth will be known.”

If you’re going to passionately support something, you at least should have the courage to look at what it actually is and to speak about it honestly. If you need to hide behind generalities and vague language, it may be that the truth is too much to bear.

Image: Gosnell movie poster

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A native of the Adirondacks and Saratoga Springs in northern New York State, journalist and fiction writer Kate O'Hare now lives in Los Angeles, where she's on a neverending quest to find a parish in the L.A. Archdiocese with orthodox preaching, excellent traditional music and parking.


  1. You’ve got to be kidding me. Why would you post something like this?? What a waste of energy and hate. Disgusting, CatholicVote. Move on and spend your time and title doing things that CHRIST would have done and bee proud of. This is low and completely fowl.

  2. Rhonda Ann Godwin on

    Thanks for this. I’m Canadian and just a few days ago Planned Parenthood here received an award for its work in “Sexual Health.” I thought I’d vomit to hear the word “health” in the same sentence as PP. Our govt., is as out-of-touch as the Democrats in the U.S. are/were with what the people will stomach.

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