by Kelvey Vander Hart
Opening on October 12th, “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” is set to educate the public about one of the most horrifying abortion clinics to ever exist. Now, Facebook is diminishing the film’s social media impact.
Kermit Gosnell formerly operated as an abortionist in Philadelphia. In 2013, he was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder, infanticide, racketeering, and over 200 counts of violating Pennsylvania abortion law.
The film brings the horrors of Gosnell’s clinic back to light. The abortionist became the center of the debate surrounding abortion when it was revealed that he not only was aborting babies that were far past Pennsylvania’s legal limit, but was also killing babies who had survived the abortion attempts and leaving their body parts in gory containers around his office.
The movie’s producer, Phelim McAleer has been attempting to publicize the movie as much as possible in an effort to educate the public. He stated:
This is a true story that was not reported on by the mainstream media in a meaningful way. There are real victims here whose story deserves to be told and we’ve set out to shine a light on the crimes of Gosnell and how the government allowed him to operate for 17 years without protecting women and children, which is what journalism is supposed to do.
However, when McAleer went to take out paid advertising for the film through its Facebook page, he was refused the advertisement space. The tech giant additionally declined to give a reason why, instead telling the producer to “check [Facebook’s] standards.” So although the film’s promoters were able to create a functional Facebook page, without the ability to boost posts on their page through paid advertising, the number of people they will be reaching daily plunges downward.
“Facebook is essentially silencing these children and women whom Gosnell murdered,” stated McAleer. “Audiences want to see this content and we’re willing to pay for the advertising but again they are demonstrating their bias against a true crime story. As independent filmmakers, we have a limited budget and Facebook was a mainstay of our outreach efforts.”
There has been resistance toward the film since its inception. The fundraising platform Kickstarter refused to allow the group to create a funding page, and advertisement has been blocked from National Public Radio stations. “The Silicon establishment do not want this story told,” concluded McAleer.
You can watch the full trailer for the movie below: