Filmmakers to release part 2 of Gosnell documentary

[Update, September 2015: part two, a full-length documentary, is scheduled for release in November 2015 . Watch the 3801lancaster web site for news.]

I saw the short documentary 3801 Lancaster last year and recommended it. The team of filmmakers who created that damning account of abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s business are almost ready to unveil Part II.

You can watch part I online [link broken, September 2015].  You’ll hear from injured women who survived being in Gosnell’s “clinic” in Philadelphia at 3801 Lancaster Avenue. You’ll hear about Karnamaya Mongar, who did not make it out alive. You’ll hear the facts about how the state of Pennsylvania did not inspect abortion facilities because a (Republican) governor decided that abortion regulations were a “barrier” to women. Complaints piled up without being investigated. That’s what freedom of “choice” meant for the women who went to Gosnell.

Part II is coming out in May, on the anniversary of Gosnell’s conviction for first-degree murder. Here’s what the filmmakers have to say about their work, from the 3801 Lancaster web site:

The 3801 Lancaster Film Project is an ongoing documentary series about Kermit Gosnell, the Women’s Medical Society, and the cover-up by state and local oversight agencies. As we continue to follow the story, there are three goals: 

First, to make the public aware of what happened at the Women’s Medical Society.  

Second, to give Gosnell’s victims an outlet to tell their stories.

Third, to help find and shut down clinics that continue to operate in the same manner as the Women’s Medical Society.

Gosnell sits in jail, unrepentant. He’s learned nothing. I’ve heard abortion advocates – most recently the executive director of a New Hampshire abortion facility – say publicly that pro-lifers are to blame for Gosnell. Those abortion advocates haven’t learned anything, either. Thankfully, there are people like the makers of 3801 Lancaster who work to keep the truth in the sunshine where it belongs.

I first saw 3801 Lancaster at last year’s CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference). It was screened in a small room some distance from the main stage. Fewer than fifty people came to see it, amid a conference attended by close to 10,000 people. Understandable, perhaps; it’s a vivid and disturbing documentary. That wasn’t the main reason for the low attendance, though. The fact is that even in a politically “conservative” environment, a lot of people don’t want to hear about abortion. It’s one of those social issues. It’s not a political “winner,” as consultants might say.

So fire the consultants. Anyone who watches 3801 Lancaster will know what a war on women looks like.



Author: Ellen Kolb

New Hampshire-based writer, activist, hiker.