Six years ago this February, the Drug Enforcement Agency raided a doctor’s office at 3801 Lancaster in West Philadelphia.
Their discoveries would eventually lead to convictions relating to the illegal sale of prescription medicines and three counts of first-degree murder (three infants who were born alive during late-term abortions and then murdered) and one count of manslaughter (for the death of patient who died of complications after an abortion) for Kermit Gosnell, a late-term abortionist once known in his neighborhood as “The Good Doctor” who is now serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
The story of Gosnell’s misdeeds over a 30-year period at his Women’s Medical Society is being brought to new audiences, thanks to “3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy,” a full-length documentary featuring interviews with Gosnell, the investigators and jurors.
A follow-up to “3801 Lancaster,” a 2013 brief documentary that won “Best Short Film” at the Justice Film Festival, the new documentary is scheduled for showings across the nation through early winter and will be screened privately in homes, churches and community centers.
While the newly released documentary, along with a forthcoming dramatic portrayal—“Gosnell Movie: America’s Biggest Serial Killer”—is bringing much-needed attention to a story that demands to be told, the videos aren’t the only pro-life efforts underway in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell story.
In fact, the beginning of a new chapter to the story has already begun. And it’s happening literally on the other side of the wall from Gosnell’s now-shuttered clinic, where a pregnancy help center is poised to set up shop in the near future.
A New Chapter in the Philadelphia Story
AlphaCare (formerly Alpha Pregnancy Services), which has served women in Philadelphia since 1981, is relocating its services to 3807 and 3809 Lancaster Avenue—the former of which shares a wall with the clinic Gosnell occupied from late 1979 to early 2010.
The immediate goal is to move into the new facilities in the summer of 2016, but Karen Hess and Kim Bennett, the organization’s executive director and program director, respectively, won’t consider their vision to have come full circle until Alpha expands to 3801-05 Lancaster Avenue, the multi-unit office formerly occupied by Kermit Gosnell and his staff.
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