Back in 2013, the conservative media engaged in a frantic effort to force mainstream outlets to cover the Kermit Gosnell trials.

News of Gosnell’s crimes first surfaced in 2010, when the FBI partnered with local authorities and raided his Philadelphia offices. Gosnell was a “well-respected” late term abortion provider—bad enough by definition—but what investigators found absolutely defied any existing narrative:

The doctor was suspected of selling prescription drugs illegally. However, what investigators discovered upon entering the clinic was unthinkable.

Blood stained floors. A feral cat roaming the hallways and examination rooms. Fetal remains in the staff food freezers. A row of jars containing severed feet. As investigators began interviewing employees, they learned that Dr. Gosnell employed a tactic that he called “snipping.” Women who came in for late-term abortions would be induced, live babies would be born, and then Dr. Gosnell would kill the babies by severing their spinal chords with scissors.

Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison for his actions; soon after, filmmakers David Altrogge, Jennifer Brown, and Michael J. Hartnett made a short film, “3801 Lancaster,” about what happened in Gosnell’s clinic. A year later, they received a message from Gosnell that prompted their new project, a full-length documentary featuring interviews with Gosnell himself.

The trailer for 3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy has been released, and it will give you chills:

From the Filmmakers:

A year later, the filmmakers behind 3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy received a letter. It read “If you are able to consider that my particular circumstances are exemplary of a larger and more important issue, you will have my full attention and cooperation….Sincerely, Kermit Barron Gosnell”

Over the next year and a half, Gosnell gave the filmmakers unprecedented access. The interviews, which took place between February and September of 2015, were a revelation. Nothing was off limits – his childhood, medical school, the trial, even the “snippings.” Gosnell candidly discussed it all.

The film’s creators and backers are currently planning screenings in select cities; you can stay updated on the release schedule here.

3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy hits theaters November 10.

H/t Mollie Hemingway

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