Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Friday urged his listeners to see the new movie “Gosnell,” about convicted abortion Kermit Gosnell, because “the story itself is heart-stopping enough as it is.”
Gosnell ran an abortion business in Philadelphia and ended up convicted in 2011 of multiple counts of first-degree murder for late-term and after-birth abortions.
The movie, “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” opens this weekend across the country.
“If you don’t know about Kermit Gosnell, if you’ve not heard the name, if it doesn’t ring a bell, you by all means should see this. If you do know who Gosnell is and if you think you know the story, you should see this,” Limbaugh said.
“You’re not watching a political documentary here. You’re watching a movie portrayal of a real life event, and it’s treated as a real life event, as any other would be, without a lot of political preaching because it’s felt it’s not necessary, and it isn’t.”
“The story itself is heart-stopping enough as it is,” he said.
“Kermit Gosnell is an abortionist. He’s an abortion doctor who got away with the wanton murder. … He was in Philadelphia. … Nobody could get the media interested in the story, even after he was charged and put on trial and convicted,” he said.
“The reason is that Kermit Gosnell was the worst thing that ever happened to people who want to keep abortion thought of and categorized as something other than what it is. The media wouldn’t cover it, and nor the trial very much,” he said.
“There is not a lot of, hardly any abhorrent gore and violence in the movie. It’s depicted in other ways. It’s not meant to shock. It’s meant to entertain and educate. It’s an attempt to use a movie in a responsible way to do things that movies are supposed to do: entertain, entertain, entertain, enlighten, maybe inform. It’s not the political movie that the left would make about a story like this.
“But it is exceptionally well done for the subject matter. You’re not gonna be. … If you go see it, you’re not gonna be watching people advocating for a cause. You’re not gonna see a movie designed to separate you from your money in terms of political fundraising. You’re gonna see Hollywood professionals who happen to be pro-life producing a movie about something that really happened. A mass murderer. He was a mass murderer of people in the womb that nobody on the left wanted anybody to know about.”
The film centers on Detective James “Woody” Wood, played by Dean Cain, and his partner Det. Stark (Alfonzo Rachel), who work an informant network to identify a doctor who had been selling prescription drugs illegally.
As the case unfolded, Wood and District Attorney Sarah Jane Morris were confronted not only by the horrors of the case but also fierce resistance from government and personal politics.
“Gosnell” is directed by Nick Searcy who starred in “The Shape of Water” and the critically acclaimed FX series “Justified.”