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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716
April 28, 2014
American Family Association Says Truth About Gosnell’s Murderous House of Horrors Should be Told on the Big Screen
Filmmakers’ Goal: Expose Abortionist Kermit Gosnell and Raise Funds for Movie

 Three filmmakers want to tell the true story of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who is serving three life sentences for killing live-born babies in his Philadelphia clinic—and they’re turning to the American public for help. 

The filmmakers—husband-and-wife team Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, along with Magdalena Segieda—had worked previously with the online funding platform Kickstarter, but for this project, Kickstarter said language containing phrases like “thousands of babies murdered” was unacceptable. Even after the filmmakers agreed to make some changes, Kickstarter reserved the right to reject the project at a later date. Instead, refusing to be censored, the filmmakers turned to another crowd-funding site—Indiegogo.   

“This is a story that needs to be told,” said American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) President Tim Wildmon. “Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia House of Horrors should be exposed to show the American public the truth about the abortion industry – that what he did seemed like a horror movie but it was, very sadly, real. What happened at his facility should never be repeated. Films like this can serve as a wake-up call for America; this is the real, repulsive face of abortion. 

“Shockingly, some who seem to believe these truths shouldn’t be told are attempting to silence the filmmakers by censoring the very real facts of this story,” Wildmon continued. “Those who tout ‘choice’ as sound reasoning for abortion want to hide the fact that women suffer, that pre-born and post-born babies are mercilessly slaughtered, and that abortionists like Kermit Gosnell care more for lining their pockets than for safeguarding the health and well-being of women and babies. Thankfully, the American people obviously believe this is a project worthy of their support, as evidenced by the fundraising records set for this upcoming movie.”  

The TV movie will be released through McAleer’s Hat Tip Productions, and the filmmakers have a goal of $2.1 million to make the picture. As of April 28, more than $1.4 million had been raised. Crowd-funding is a method of seeking online donations from individuals rather than going through traditional means—in this case, a movie studio. Some crowd-funding rules, such as those guiding the Gosnell film effort, dictate that if an organization doesn’t raise its entire goal by the deadline, all donations are returned to the donors. The fundraising deadline for the Gosnell movie project is 11:59 p.m. on May 12, 2014. 

The trio has also made films about other social topics, such as “FrackNation,” which addressed hydraulic fracturing, and “Not Evil Just Wrong,” which discussed global warming. The online fundraising call for the Gosnell film began on March 28, and more than $1 million was raised in just three weeks. 

Several Hollywood actors are lending their voices to the cause as well, including Nick Searcy, one of the stars of the FX series “Justified,” and Kevin Sorbo, who played an atheist professor in the recent hit “God’s Not Dead.” 

For more information on the film or to give online, visit www.gosnellmovie.com.
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To interview a representative from American Family Association, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096. 

American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with more than one million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner. 

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and OneNewsNow.com, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as OneMillionMoms.com that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA websites average over 6 million unique visitors and 44 million hits per year. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America.   


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