A new book exploring the case of the abortionist dubbed “America’s most prolific serial killer” has been released today.
Dr Kermit Gosnell performed thousands of abortions in the last three decades at a clinic in Pennsylvania, dubbed a “house of horrors”.
In 2013, Gosnell was found guilty of murdering three babies he delivered and then killed with scissors. He was given a life sentence without parole.
The book written by Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinny, focuses on the investigation that led to Gosnell’s trial. They also intend to turn it into a film.
The Irish authors and filmmakers said they had been “fairly disinterested” in abortion at the beginning of the project, seeing it as an “unfortunate but probably necessary part of modern life”.
But they discovered what is really involved while making the film.
These babies sent Gosnell to prison. But more than that, they are the most eloquent evidence we have ever had of the reality of abortion.
“Reading the testimony and sifting through the evidence in the case in the research for this book and for writing the script of the movie has been brutal,” said McElhinney.
The filmmaker went on to describe how investigating the case “changed her thoughts about the practice of abortion forever”.
“I have had a profound sense of the presence of evil in the actions of Gosnell and his staff and their complete lack of conscience.”
Gosnell routinely carried out illegal late-term abortions, that is after 24 weeks. He also delivered three babies alive and then used scissors to sever their spines.
‘Reality of abortion’
“I am absolutely certain that the dead babies spoken of in court were unique people whom the world will now never know. I hope this book and the movie go some way to mark the fact that they lived and in their short lives made a difference,” said McElhinney.
She added: “These babies sent Gosnell to prison. But more than that, they are the most eloquent evidence we have ever had of the reality of abortion.”
“This story can change hearts and minds; it has mine.”
March for Life
The book was released in the same week as thousands of pro-lifers gathered to mark the legalisation of abortion in America.
The annual gathering is to mark the 1973 court case Roe v Wade which opened the way for abortion in the USA.