Bestselling author Andrew Klavan has been hired to write the script for the movie about the abortionist Kermit Gosnell. This seems like great news. Klavan is a very good writer whose books have already been turned into huge movies. I’ve actually just read a few of his Young Adult books and gave them to my thirteen year old. They’re a lot of fun.
The producers of the Gosnell movie raised the $2.1 million they needed to make the Hollywood-style film that will tell the story of the gruesome abortion practitioner. Now, they’ve hired a screenwriter to produce the script to tell the story.
“We have some great news that we are excited to share with you,” the producers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer told LifeNews today in an email. “We’ve just signed up the best-selling author and screenwriter Andrew Klavan to write the script for the Gosnell Movie.”
Klavan, whose books have been made into movies directed and starring Clint Eastwood and Michael Douglas, said he had wanted to write the Gosnell screenplay “from the moment I heard it was underway.” He said the Gosnell project was “a great story” but also an important tale to tell.
Klavan said: “This is so much more than a job of work for me. As I’ve begun to get into the research materials, it’s started to come home to me that we’ve all taken on a huge responsibility. The women who were brutalized by this Gosnell monster — they can tell their stories. But all his victims, all those babies — we’ve got to figure out a way to speak for them somehow.”
Klavan has long been one of the prominent right-leaning authors but last year he announced his conversion to the pro-life cause.
Just last year he wrote this about his conversion to the pro-life cause:
Despite freezing temperatures and storm-battered travel, thousands of people marched on Washington D.C. Wednesday in the hope of protecting unborn babies from abortion. The demonstrators in the 41st annual March for Life didn’t receive the media adulation dishonest Democrat pol Wendy Davis got when she filibustered a Texas anti-abortion law last summer. But media or no media, the pro-life forces will continue the slow but relentless process of winning honest hearts and minds.
I feel sure they will, because mine is a heart they’ve already won.
Until quite recently, I was pro-abortion. I opposed Roe V. Wade — I thought it a dishonest decision that robbed the people of their right to settle the matter for themselves. But given the chance to vote on the issue, I would have voted for the greatest possible abortion access. While I myself live according to my conservative lights, I’ve never felt I have the right to impose those values on others.
I changed my mind about abortion, however, because after debating the issue with pro-lifers over many years, I found I consistently lost the argument.
I’ve changed many of my opinions as I’ve grown wiser with time, but this change was one of the hardest. Not only does it go against my libertarian nature, it also means opposing the passionately held beliefs of some of the people I love most. Several of the women in my circle feel that access to abortion is an essential right.
But why? How exactly does that argument go?
Whenever I hear abortion spokespeople defend their position — and I mean, whenever I hear them — they seem to me determined to obscure the real issue. They talk about being “pro-choice,” but who among their opponents is anti-choice? They talk about “women’s health,” but what sinister constituency demands that women be unhealthy? They talk about “protecting a woman’s body,” but it’s not the woman’s body under threat, it’s the body of the baby inside her.
You can see here his PG-13 view on abortion from a few years ago when he was still officially pro-choice. You can see even then he had a rather dim view of abortion.
I just finished the first book of Klavan’s Mind War series and it’s a lot of fun. I also recommend his Homelander series.