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Smiling barbarians

"Smiling barbarians" Continued...

Issue: "Rethinking the death penalty," Oct. 19, 2013

Everything is a counterpoint to the grisly Kermit Gosnell story, though the filmmakers filmed before his trial and conviction. The centers are warm, friendly places where the abortionists sit and listen to the patients’ stories and nod along sympathetically. They are professionals. They don’t break rules. They mention adoption as an option, to at least one patient.

All the mothers explain their decision to abort by saying it is in the best interest of the baby. 

“I’d rather her not suffer,” said one mother.

“Are you OK with your decision?” Sella asks another mother, whose only reason for a late-term abortion is that she had put off getting one earlier.

“I’m getting there. … Would [God] forgive me? Would I forgive myself?” she responds.

“God wants you to be OK, don’t you think?” says Sella.

Like a bad friend, the film asks women not what is right but what is best for you. The directors are only seeing what they want to see.

Emily Belz
Emily Belz

Emily, who has covered everything from political infighting to pet salons for The Indianapolis Star, The Hill, and the New York Daily News, reports for WORLD Magazine from New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.


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