EDITORIAL

New film defends sanctity of human life

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Kermit Gosnell, a man who’s been described as “America’s #1 serial killer,” was an abortionist in Philadelphia for more than 30 years. He utilized some of the most gruesome procedures imaginable to perform late-term abortions, which are illegal in Pennsylvania after 23 weeks of pregnancy. His clinic resembled a pig sty more than a medical facility. Investigators described it as a “house of horrors.”

In 2013 he was convicted of first degree murder in the deaths of three of his infant victims, and of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 41-year-old woman. He was also found guilty of 21 counts of illegal late-term abortions, as well as a plethora of other charges. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Even many who identify themselves as “pro-choice” were horrified at what went on in Gosnell’s abortuary. Of course, science teaches us that human life begins at the moment of conception — which means that every abortion that takes place in every abortion mill is “horrific.”

Our contemporary American society needs to learn the truth about the sanctity of human life and the evils of abortion from the tragic story of Kermit Gosnell. Thankfully, a movie released on October 12 aims to teach that truth, and does it quite well. It’s called “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.” One of its stars is actor Dean Cain, who played Superman in the TV series, “Lois & Clark.” As one commentator has noted, the film “stays true to the trial record without having to resort to gratuitous graphic imagery.” Thus it’s rated PG-13 and appropriate for a younger, teenage audience. It’s not playing, unfortunately, in many local venues, so you may have to drive some distance to see it. But it will be worth the extra time and effort. It will also make you glad — and thankful — to be pro-life.