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THE END OF NEUTRALITY Gosnell— America’s moral moment By Terrell Clemmons Phelim McAleer had seen a lot of disturbing things as an investigative journalist. But sitting in the Philadelphia courtroom as abortionist Kermit Gosnell stood trial for multiple counts of murder, he didn’t know which was worse: the evidence being presented, which included the most horrific testimony and photos he’d ever seen, or the fact that the press gallery sat completely empty. Where were all the journalists who should be covering this story? He decided right away that the Gosnell case would become the subject of his next film. At first, his partner and wife, Ann McElhinny, wanted nothing to do with it. She and Phelim had always considered themselves neutral on abortion, and besides, this was way too controversial. But after reading the court transcripts, she agreed with her husband. She and Phelim had a history of covering stories that mainstream journalism was misreporting (or in this case, ignoring), and here indeed was information of significant public interest. It was beyond shameful that no one was covering it. The nightmare next door Thorough investigators and researchers, Phelim and Ann pored over documents and interviewed people with all manner of connections to the case. It was a story that got more disturbing with each new discovery. As it turned out, not only had Phelim and Ann discovered the case by accident—the only reason they’d learned of it was because the perennially curious Phelim had a habit of checking out court cases on his days off—but the monstrous conditions and practices of the abortion “House of Horrors,” as Gosnell’s clinic came to be known, had also been discovered by accident. Kermit Gosnell had been the subject of an illegal prescription drug racketing investigation, which had precipitated a narcotics raid in early 2010. But when officials arrived, they were utterly unprepared for what they encountered: moans from semi-conscious patients lying about the place, none of whom were hooked up to any kind of monitoring device; blood, urine, trash, and cat hair on everything, including the medical equipment; and most disturbing of all, bloody collections stored throughout that turned out to be exactly what they looked like—tiny fetal remains, feet mostly, stuffed in some places into used water jugs, milk jugs, cat food containers, or juice bottles. How does one even process such an infernal seat of horror upon horror, let alone cover it as a journalist? Ultimately, Ann decided to write a book in addition to the film, because there were aspects of the case that wouldn’t end up in the film, but that should be recorded. The result is a book entitled Gosnell, The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer (2017), a page-turning investigative account of the case, which must be read to be believed. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does, as Ann exposes failure after appalling failure, unflinchingly naming names of officials whose responsibility it was to ensure standards, but who ignored clear warning signs, looked the other way, or willfully ignored the law. WINTER 2018 | Celebrate Life Magazine 7