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As director of the Gosnell movie, Nick Searcy wants to know the how, the what, and the why of convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell

by | Apr 14, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Nick Searcy

Nick Searcy

Probably most everyone has that favorite television series they follow with a passion. For my wife and me, it’s “Justified,” which ends its six-year-run on FX tonight.

Why do I mention that in a  National Right to Life News Today post?

Simple. One of the main characters (arguably the character that holds “Justified” together) is Art Mullen, played by veteran actor Nick Searcy. Searcy has, as many of you know, signed on to direct the movie about abortionist Kermit Gosnell, convicted on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter.

The movie–and Searcy’s involvement–is important for any number of reasons.

We know–and we remember vividly–why Gosnell was convicted and of what he was convicted of.  He specialized in late, late abortions and probably because of indifference and because he did not trust his “skills” (Gosnell was not an ob-gyn), he delivered the babies alive and then severed their spinal cords.

The Philadelphia jury could only convict him on three counts because Gosnell threw away almost all the medical records. The Grand Jury concluded that he had killed hundreds of viable babies.

The involuntary manslaughter conviction was in the 2009 death of Karnamaya Mongar, who died of a Demerol overdose during an abortion at Gosnell’s  Women’s Medical Society. Another woman, Semika Shaw, died following an abortion at Gosnell’s clinic in March 2000.

We know that, but the larger public’s memory tends to fade, regardless of how horrible what took place was or how indifferent authorities up and down the legal and medical chains of command were.

And in the capable hands of Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney, and Magdalena Segieda, assisted by Searcy and based on a script by Andrew Klavan, the Gosnell movie will the 100% professional, even though operating on a shoestring budget.

“There are three aspects to this story that are fascinating,” Searcy told Paul Bond of the Hollywood Reporter. “What happened; why it was allowed to happen; and why no one wanted to talk about it after it happened.”

“I am both excited and humbled by the opportunity to have a part in bringing this important American story to the screen,” Searcy said, referring to Gosnell. “It is a story that many in Hollywood were unwilling to tell, and I am grateful to Ann, Phelim and Magdalena for having the courage to tell it.”

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