October 16, 2018
When the mainstream media doesn’t want to report the truth about abortion, they have two choices:
They can lie, or they can simply ignore it.
When the trial of America’s most prolific serial killer, Kermit Gosnell, opened in Philadelphia in 2013, I saw for myself in the courtroom that the media gallery was empty.
Our Youth Outreach Director Bryan Kemper spearheaded, with Andy Moore, a Twitter storm to get the attention of news editors and reporters.
Media outlets finally realized they could no longer ignore the crimes against women and children that were committed for years in his Women’s Medical Society abortion business.
Last weekend, when “Gosnell” opened at almost 700 theaters across the U.S., mainstream media ignored it again, and film critics ignored it.
Two mainstream outlets that did write about it gave it a bad review.
The film is awesome. The filmmakers, Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, consulted with me and other pro-life leaders as they were making it. And we have been in contact during this effort to publicize it. They are heroes.
Yet in a scant five paragraphs, the Los Angeles Times concludes: “… The film never loses sight of the choir to which it is preaching.”
Never mind the song that is being sung, which devastates their “safe and legal abortion” myth without being “preachy” at all.
Forbes’s review called the film an “average effort” that likely will only attract “avid right wing” theatergoers.
Never mind the countless people whose eyes are being opened about the abortion industry.
Contrast this with “Obvious Child,” a 2014 film that was billed as an “abortion rom-com.” It was glowingly reviewed by 158 critics. Time magazine’s tasteless headline read: “Do Not Abort This Movie.”
But “Gosnell,” despite being ignored by the media, made it into the top ten in the box office for its opening weekend!
And it was the number one independent film.
But that’s not enough to keep the film in theaters beyond this Thursday. I looked up the schedule at the theater where I saw the film and its schedule for next week has not been finalized yet. Theaters in New Jersey and Staten Island where the film is showing are replacing it with new features on Friday. I suspect that will be the case at many of the screens.
What I’m asking you to do today is to alert the media to prevent this important movie from vanishing into obscurity!
The filmmakers have provided links to the Twitter handles and Facebook pages for many media outlets. I would like us to pressure them with demands for reviews or stories about the film.
And of course, if you haven’t seen it yourself, please do so this week. You might not have another chance.
Please act today, and please pass along this email to as many others you know who may be interested.
And thank you for being part of the Priests for Life Family!
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
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