Review – Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer

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Paul Henebury's picture

Great review

Dr. Paul Henebury

I am Founder of Telos Ministries, and Senior Pastor at Agape Bible Church in N. Ca.

Bert Perry's picture

I have the same conflict with seeing this that I would have at visiting Auschwitz; I understand the horrors of both situations, but what will visiting/seeing add to the situation.    Or, quite frankly, how well would I be able to handle it?   

That noted, glad that pro-lifers (mostly Christian I assume) are actually able to make a decent movie. 

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

John E.'s picture

The movie is not graphic, and that's part of its power. 

Larry's picture

I wrote this a while back on the WWII camp Buchenwald, and it relates to this topic:

Buchenwald had imprisoned almost 240,000 people during the eight years of its existence from 1937-45. It is estimated that more than 55,000 were killed there.

At its liberation in 1945, the Allied army marched almost 2,000 residents of the nearby German town of Weimar five miles up a steep hill so that they could see firsthand the atrocities of Buchenwald. These were crimes against humanity that had been committed right under the noses, to which they had pleaded ignorance.

Video footage, such as seen here or on World War II: The Lost Color Archives reveal the revolting sight that awaited both the Allied liberators and the German neighbors.

Even today, seeing this video footage or the photographs found at sites like the Holocaust Research Project is troubling to all but the most calloused. In fact, “troubling” is an understatement. It is hard to find a word that adequately captures a truly human response.

This parade of German citizens through Buchenwald could have been considered prurient, unnecessary, and something that people did not need to see. It was truly unfit for human consumption. It is staggering to the human mind to consider what depths of depravity had to exist for this type of environment to exist.

But it would awaken the people to what had happened while they stood by. It would open the eyes of the people who supported the Nazi regime, whether knowingly or because of deception, to see the type of abuse, mistreatment, and murder that had gone on right under their nose.

Only by seeing this abuse could they be shown the depths of depravity.

Only be seeing this abuse could future generations be reminded the cost of totalitarianism.

Today, there are those who say that scandals should not be exposed. It hurts the cause. It exposes well-meaning people. It unfairly labels people who did nothing wrong.It lumps too many people together. It does not resolve anything. It does not repair the damage.

And all of that is true.

And all of that is mostly irrelevant.

Public exposure of the atrocities of Buchenwald, Dachau, Auschwitz and Birkenau, Mauthausen, Treblinka, or any other prison camp would not bring back one single life. It would not reunite one single family. It would not undo one day of torture or abuse. It would not provide one meal for the malnourished prisoners. It would not remove the stench of disease and death.

But it would bring a lifetime of reminders, an image stamped so deeply on the human mind that the world should resolve never to let it happen again.

The uncovering of atrocity is an astounding spectacle.

But the scandal is worse.

John E.'s picture

Which is why I wrote two reviews - the one posted above and one for PJ Media. I'm trying to do what I can to help promote the movie. The MSM has been mostly silent about it, too.

David R. Brumbelow's picture

“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 Tomas

https://townhall.com/columnists/calthomas/2018/10/11/gosnell-the-movie-n...

David R. Brumbelow

Bert Perry's picture

....I dare suggest that you've got to move the discussion beyond the obvious guilt of Gosnell to the state's guilt for not inspecting his abbatoir.   That's the big frontier in the anti-abortion movement; can abortuaries be required to adhere to ordinary standards of health and sanitation, as well as OR standards, required of other surgical facilities?

If the discussion doesn't go to that point, it's simply the anecdote of Gosnell's guilt.  If it does, then the entire pro-choice movement, which strongly resists such inspections, is implicated.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.