NICK EICHER, HOST: Today is Thursday, October 11th. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from member-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Nick Eicher.
MARY REICHARD, HOST: And I’m Mary Reichard. Next up, Cal Thomas on a film that could send Americans in a more pro-life direction.
CAL THOMAS, COMMENTATOR: Arguably a contributing factor to the continuation of abortion is that it is performed out of sight and thus, out of many minds.
But a new film about one of America’s worst abortionists makes the horror of abortion impossible to ignore. It opens tomorrow in at least 600 theaters.
Kermit Gosnell is the Philadelphia abortionist sentenced in 2013 to life in prison without parole for the murder of three babies born alive during botched abortions. The jury also convicted Gosnell of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Karnamaya Mongar following a botched abortion procedure.
The film, titled Gosnell, is based on trial transcripts and police records.
The closest it comes to depicting an abortion is when detectives raid Gosnell’s filthy clinic and discover dozens of jars filled with baby feet. But that alone is enough to touch all but the hardest of hearts.
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 wrote this about seeing one camp with his own eyes: “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 babies and women in America since abortion became legal in 1973. It’s worth seeing with someone on the fence about abortion or even an abortion supporter who is honest enough to consider the counter-argument affirming life at all stages.
Polls show growing support for abortion restrictions, although most Americans don’t want to see it banned outright.
Gosnell could swing opinion in a more pro-life direction.
For WORLD Radio, I’m Cal Thomas.