Kermit Gosnell not unique, reporter says in sequel to “3801 Lancaster”
“I have no doubt that there are people out there doing late term abortions and probably doing what he [Kermit Gosnell] was doing. The issue is whether someone will say something and they’ll be caught at some point.”
This deeply unsettling quote comes from Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Joseph A. Slobodzian. You’ll find his remarks in the trailer for the forthcoming “3801 LANCASTER: America Tragedy,” a 45-minute-long documentary sequel to “3801 Lancaster.” Slobodzian did the best reporting on the Gosnell trial which culminated in Gosnell sentenced to three consecutive life sentences.
NRL News Today wrote extensively about Part One, which was an eye-opener even for people like me who’d read the 260+page Philadelphia Grand Jury report on Gosnell more than once. (More about that below.)
According to press reports, 3801 LANCASTER: America Tragedy was screened this week at The PFS [Philadelphia Film Society] Theater at the Roxy. The subtitle for the new documentary gives you a heads-up what director David Altrogge and producer Jen Thompson are offering the public—“Kermit Gosnell: His Victims and the State that failed to act.”
On their blog, we read
“When we set out to make the film, we originally thought it was just going to be a sequel. However, the film has grown into so much more than a mere ‘Part II.’ In so many ways, it’s the culmination of what we began over three years ago. While the first installment was an overview of the case, ‘3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy’ goes so much deeper, answering many of the questions that were left unanswered when we released the first installment last January.”
Part One took a first look at of how in the world something like Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” could possibly have continued in operation, after one woman died and then another. And that, of course, doesn’t even address the hundreds of violations of various codes and laws and the most ghastly reality of all: Gosnell intentionally aborted children in a manner that they would be born alive and then he would murder them.
3801 LANCASTER: America Tragedy goes into more depth about the incredible failure to reign him in, talks to women whom Gosnell and his unlicensed staff aborted, and jurors who served on the six-week-long trial.
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National Right to Life News,
the “pro-life newspaper of record.”
We wrote about Part One at nrlc.cc/1ktb0AU, nrlc.cc/126z8lU, and nrlc.cc/XaAAhs, to cite just three posts. I initially wrote
“The first shot is of Katie Couric, not exactly one of us, shown seated at the anchor’s desk. She cautions her audience, ‘Now this next story comes with a strong word of caution. The details are gruesome. You won’t want young children to watch.’
“And that illustrates the genius of the documentary. There are sections where pro-lifers are shown denouncing Gosnell. However, except for this and the stories told by two women who Gosnell aborted, the bulk of the video is comprised of clips like this, the on-camera testimony of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams and Assistant District Attorney Ann Ponterio before a state Senate committee, an interview with a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, and quotes from the Grand Jury report which led directly to the indictment of Gosnell, his wife, and many ill-trained members of his staff.”
I’d like to add something I’ve alluded to many times but have not nailed down in a long while. Gosnell was convicted in the murders of “only” three viable babies. But his killing spree was immense.
The Grand Jury, reviewing just the fraction of Gosnell’s abortion files seized by authorities, “was still able to document numerous instances in which ultrasound readings were manipulated to disguise illegal late-term abortions. Our review, although limited by the disappearance of many patient files, revealed that Gosnell reported performing abortions on 24.5-week fetuses more than 80 times between 2007 and February 2010.”
Get that? The Grand Jury only saw a sample of Gosnell’s files, many of which had evidence that ultrasound readings had been manipulated to “disguise illegal late-term abortions.” In other words, by the Grand Jury’s own accounting, were there accurate records, it is highly likely Gosnell would be charged with many more counts of murder!
We will keep you updated on 3801 LANCASTER: America Tragedy.
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