Speaking at The Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, Gosnell movie producer Phelim McAleer said that during the trial of convicted physician Kermit Gosnell last year, “whole sections” reserved for the media were empty. He said that the media don’t like it when abortion is portrayed in a negative light:
They just find more interesting stories when a story puts abortion in a bad light. It comes too close to the moral choices they have made, and shines a spotlight on their opinions and beliefs. It asks too many awkward questions.
McAleer, who was a crime reporter in his native Ireland, said that he hadn’t intended to make a movie about Gosnell. But while he was in Philadelphia working on another film, “Frack Nation,” he decided to observe the trial on his day off and realized that it was a story that needed to be told.
The prospective made-for-television film is about Philadelphia physician Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder for killing babies from botched abortions. These were babies who were born alive, and then killed by cutting their necks and severing their spinal cords.
Gosnell is now serving a life sentence without parole for his role in the murders.
Currently, Gosnell has raised a little over $1.2 million from nearly 13,000 people, far surpassing the $638,983 that Shemar Moore, the actor from the TV show “Criminal Minds,” raised for his romantic comedy “The Bounce Back,” and breaking the record for film fundraising on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.
The Gosnell campaign has a target of $2.1 million, and the support of actors Kevin Sorbo of the Hercules television show and Nick Sercy of Justified. If the campaign doesn’t raise the entire amount before it ends in 20 days, all the money will be returned.
If you haven’t heard of Kermit Gosnell before, you aren’t alone, based on this video.