Film could change pro­choice minds

Ar­guably a con­tribut­ing fac­tor to the con­tin­u­a­tion of abor­tion is that it is per­formed out of sight and thus, out of many minds.

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION - Cal Thomas

A film about one of the worst prac­ti­tion­ers of abor­tion, Ker­mit Gos­nell, opened Oct. 12 in at least 600 the­aters. Gos­nell is the Philadel­phia abor­tion­ist sen­tenced in 2013 to life in pri­son with­out pa­role for the mur­der of a baby born alive in a botched abor­tion.

The film is based on trial tran­scripts and po­lice records.

Here’s the back­ground, as sum­ma­rized on Wikipedia. org: In 2011, Gos­nell and var­i­ous co-de­fen­dant em­ploy­ees were charged with eight counts of mur­der, 24 felony counts of per­form­ing il­le­gal abor­tions beyond the state of Penn­syl­va­nia’s 24-week time limit, and 227 mis­de­meanor counts of vi­o­lat­ing the 24-hour in­formed con­sent law.

The mur­der charges re­lated to an adult pa­tient, Kar­na­maya Mon­gar, who died fol­low­ing an abor­tion pro­ce­dure, and seven new­borns killed by hav­ing their spinal cords sev­ered with scis­sors af­ter be­ing born alive dur­ing at­tempted abor­tions. In May 2013, Gos­nell was con­victed of first-de­gree mur­der in the deaths of three of the in­fants and in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter in Mon­gar’s death. Gos­nell also was con­victed of 21 felony counts of il­le­gal late-term abor­tion, and 211 counts of vi­o­lat­ing the 24-hour in­formed con­sent law. Gos­nell waived his right to ap­peal in ex­change for a prom­ise by the prose­cu­tion that it would not seek the death penalty. He was sen­tenced in­stead to life in pri­son with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role.

The clos­est the film comes to de­pict­ing an abor­tion is when de­tec­tives raid Gos­nell’s filthy clinic and dis­cover dozens of jars filled with baby feet. It is enough to reach all but the hard­est of hearts.

Earl Billings, the ac­tor who plays Gos­nell, de­picts a cold and cyn­i­cal man who seems to have in­su­lated him­self from what he has done, ra­tio­nal­iz­ing that he is help­ing des­per­ate women who can’t get lateterm abor­tions else­where.

Planned Par­ent­hood and other pro-choice groups are likely to brand the film pro­pa­ganda, but what th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions have long pro­moted to women — that they will find re­lief, their lives will be bet­ter and what they are dis­card­ing is not yet com­pletely hu­man — is the real pro­pa­ganda.

In his book “Cru­sade in Europe,” Gen. Dwight D. Eisen­hower wrote about the Nazi death camps he vis­ited at the end of World War II. He or­dered pho­tog­ra­phers to take pic­tures of the dead bod­ies that had not yet been in­cin­er­ated and the ema­ci­ated bod­ies of those still cling­ing to life. Eisen­hower be­lieved it im­por­tant to record th­ese scenes be­cause he rightly feared there would be Holo­caust de­niers.

Here’s what he wrote: “The same day [April 12, 1945], I saw my first hor­ror camp. It was near the town of Gotha. I have never felt able to de­scribe my emo­tional re­ac­tions when I first came face to face with in­dis­putable ev­i­dence of Nazi bru­tal­ity and ruth­less dis­re­gard of every shred of de­cency. Up to that time, I had known about it only gen­er­ally or through sec­ondary sources. I am cer­tain, how­ever, that I have never at any other time ex­pe­ri­enced an equal sense of shock.”

While not nearly as grue­some as the death camps Eisen­hower saw, the film “Gos­nell” forces view­ers to con­front what has been done to 60 mil­lion (so far) ba­bies and women in Amer­ica since abor­tion be­came le­gal in 1973. It’s worth see­ing with some­one on the fence about abor­tion and even a pro-choice per­son who is hon­est enough to con­sider the coun­ter­ar­gu­ment af­firm­ing life at all stages.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pew Re­search Cen­ter, opin­ions on abor­tion be­tween 1995 and 2017 have re­mained fairly sta­ble with “57 per­cent say(ing) abor­tion should be le­gal in all or most cases, while 40 per­cent say it should be il­le­gal in all or most cases.”

“Gos­nell” could move those num­bers in a pro-life di­rec­tion.

Cal Thomas is syn­di­cated by Tri­bune Me­dia Ser­vices.

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