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Let’s Take Kermit Gosnell’s Story to Prime-Time

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John Burger - published on 04/24/14 - updated on 06/08/17

The makers of “FrackNation” want to dramatize the Philadelphia abortionist they call the biggest U.S. serial killer. Here’s how you can help.

Do a Google search on “Kermit Gosnell,” and an info box pops up saying “Kermit Gosnell, Physician.”

Phelim McAleer would change that identifier to “Serial Killer.”

The most prolific serial killer in American history, in fact.

And that, says McAleer, makes for great story-telling. The independent producer of documentaries such as Not Evil Just Wrong, FrackNation and Mine Your Own Business, together with his wife and co-producer, Ann McIlhinny, wants to turn the Gosnell story into a TV crime movie.

“We’ve had three movies about Ted Bundy, five about the Zodiac killer, three about the Craig’s List killer, the Jodi Arias story, just had one about the Grim Sleeper,” said McAleer. “There’s a great story about how [Gosnell’s killing of children] was allowed to happen, how it went on unnoticed. There were whistleblowers who were ignored and ignored and ignored. There were people going to the authorities all the time, telling them what was going on, and they were ignored.”

Gosnell almost got the death penalty after his trial in Philadelphia last year, but instead received life without parole in exchange for an agreement not to appeal his conviction. The sentence was for the murder of one baby born in his abortion clinic, the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia. He received an additional 30-60 years for conspiring to kill two other babies.

So how does that make him the “biggest serial killer in American history,” as McAleer describes him?

“The grand jury said he killed hundreds of babies, but they were precluded from going back any further because there’s a statute of limitations on infanticide in Pennsylvania,” said McAleer. “If you extrapolate backwards towards when he started this practice in the 1970s, he’s probably killed thousands and thousands of babies. He’s killed more people than all the other American serial killers put together.”

Gosnell, 72 at the time of the trial, injected a drug to stop the heart of the unborn children but when one of the babies jerked an arm, cried or drew breath outside the womb, its spinal cord was cut with surgical scissors, according to the New York Times’ report of testimony last year.

Such reporting itself was slow in coming, and pro-lifers charged that the press was deliberately ignoring the trial. Finally, it appeared, mainstream media were shamed into covering the court proceedings.

Some, including McAleer, see a similar reluctance on the part of “Hollywood,” broadly speaking, to deal with anything abortion-related—at least anything that is vaguely “pro-life.” He’s raising money for it on the website Indiegogo—and the effort has raised about half of the $2.1 million needed—but Indiegogo was a second choice. McAleer said that efforts on a similar crowd-funding site—Kickstarter—were cut short when managers tried to “censor” him.

“They told us we couldn’t say ‘thousands of babies stabbed, thousands of babies murdered’ because it offended their community guidelines,” McAleer said. “People don’t want this made.”

Kicksarter referred Aleteia to an article on National Review Online in which the crowd-funding site’s CEO Yancey Strickler explained, “We recommended the filmmakers copyedit both a factual error and a phrase that evoked an incredibly graphic image that felt too strong for a general audience…. The creators replied with a spirited defense of the graphic depiction they wanted to include. We decided to bend our rules and give them the green light to launch at their convenience. They chose to make two of the copyedits we recommended. They launched elsewhere. And then they proceeded to claim that the copyedits we recommended and they adopted were tantamount to censorship. … Trying to make this about something it’s not, stoking a make-believe fire to incite publicity, and imagining Kickstarter as a partisan battlefield is wrong. We exist to support creators and creativity, not a political ideology.”

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