Producers of the upcoming film, “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” continue to face intense backlash as the movie approaches its Oct. 12 release date. In the latest incident, filmmakers Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney and Magdalena Segieda claim a pre-screening of the film that was set to take place Saturday at the Hyatt Hotel in Austin, Texas, was cancelled after hotel management caved under pressure from abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
In an email sent out to supporters over the weekend, the producers explain that the screening was originally scheduled to coincide with a $400-a-plate Planned Parenthood gala dinner being held nearby:
“It gave a real choice to the people of Austin. Many had already registered to attend the screenings and we were receiving dozens of new RSVPs every day. But now thanks to the bullying of Planned Parenthood and the cowardice of the Hyatt they won’t get to see the Gosnell Movie and the truth about abortion.”
“They put pressure on the Hyatt to cancel the booking,” producer Phelim McAleer told Faithwire in an email Wednesday. “The Hyatt told us it was cancelled for ‘security reasons.’ Well we are not going to cause any trouble so obviously it looks like the trouble was threatened by Planned Parenthood — they are bullies and the Hyatt caved.”
Following the abrupt cancellation, McAleer, a veteran journalist and co-author of the bestselling book that inspired the film about notorious Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, shared with Faithwire how he and his team plan to move forward.
“Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion establishment are scared of the truth that came out during the Gosnell trial,” he noted. “People were under oath and told the truth about abortion — not politics or political slogans or falsehoods. They were forced under pain of perjury to be truthful and abortion did not look good.”
In May 2013, Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three infants. He was also convicted on several counts of illegal late-term abortion and is currently serving a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. As the book and new film point out, the grisly and prolific case received hardly any coverage from the major American media outlets.
“Abortion is a holy sacrament to many on the left,” McAleer said, “it must be protected even if that means covering up the truth — the myths about abortion must be protected at all costs.”
From the onset of planning and production for “Gosnell,” McAleer and his team faced demoralizing backlash, including actors dropping out, facilities refusing to rent their spaces out to the filmmakers and even a lawsuit lobbed by Judge Jeffrey Mineheart, who presided over the Gosnell trial. Mineheart claimed that he was falsely portrayed as part of “Philadelphia’s liberal corrupt government” and “a villain in their story of the righteous versus the wicked.”
In the wake of the most recent setback, McAleer made it clear that the producers are more resolute than ever in their mission to bring the truth of Gosnell’s widely ignored crimes to the American public.
“Hollywood and the mainstream media want this film to fail,” he said. “We cant allow this to happen.”
The most important thing supporters can do, McAleer noted, is to show up “in force” for the film’s opening weekend.
“We need a big number opening weekend because that is [the] number that Hollywood [will] pay attention to,” he said. “When we have a big weekend it means the cover up is over and finally America will learn the truth.”