It is essential for pregnancy care centres and post-abortion ministries to understand CCBR’s approach and recognize its legitimacy. CCBR’s work is based on the fundamental idea that many people need to see the visual evidence of what abortion does to the pre-born before they will recognize that it is a moral wrong that they should neither obtain nor support.
CCBR’s experience shows that graphic visuals convince women not to abort and convict women who have had abortions of their sin. The following quotations come from people who were convicted by graphic images that abortion is wrong:
- What was your position on abortion before the presentation?
"I didn’t really care. I never thought about it."
Did your position change in any way due to the presentation?
"Yes. After seeing the movie and hearing everything from you I see how wrong it is."
If visual aids were used in the presentation, which ones and what are your comments about them?
"The movie changed my opinion."
—15-year-old female, Wheaton, MD
- "Actually, I thought that I might be pregnant and I was going to get an abortion. After the video, it showed me what I would have done to my child."
—14-year-old female, Christian youth group, Surrey, BC
- "We had two confirmed babies saved as a result of our display. Both students approached Chris Stevens, our sponsor. ... One student told him that she had visited Planned Parenthood recently and was scheduled to have an abortion. She told him, ‘After seeing these photos, that is an appointment I can cancel. I am having a child.’ The second pregnant student told Chris that family and friends have been pressuring her to ‘consider abortion as an option. I now know that it is not. I love myself and my child.’"
—Lois Cunningham, Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), regarding the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) display at Citrus College, Glendora, CA
- "At a crisis pregnancy center in Knoxville, eight students came in for appointments as a direct result of GAP at the University of Tennessee. The director there said that all eight were originally planning to abort their babies. However, five had changed their minds strictly from having seen the GAP photos and had decided to carry their babies to term. The other three made the decision not to abort after counseling at the center. All eight babies were saved directly or indirectly from GAP."
—CBR’s report of the GAP display at the University of Tennessee
- "About 5 yrs ago I was with a guy who I was trying to leave and one time I thought I was pregnant and I was going to have an abortion without him knowing but I ended up not being pregnant. Thank God I wasn’t because I would have gone through with it. Now I know I will never have one after seeing those pictures. Thank you for having this website."
—28-year-old woman who e-mailed CBR after viewing their abortionNO.org website, Ontario
- "About a month and a half ago I wanted to get an abortion. And I didn't know anything about them. I'm only 18 and didn't want the burden of motherhood. So being the computer geek I am, I started to search sites. Then I decided to look at pictures. I had no idea what to expect. I'm a happy soon-to-be mom now. And I would like to spread the word about abortions and how gruesome they are. Thank you for changing my mind with your pictures."
—18-year-old female who e-mailed CBR after viewing their abortionNO.org website, location undisclosed
- "I’m a 22 yr old single mom of two girls. I’m pregnant again and the father has already left. I was considering abortion just so I could make it go away, I guess. The pictures in the website look no different than my two little ones, except they're smaller. I can't do it."
—22-year-old female who e-mailed CBR after viewing their abortionNO.org website, Mobile, AL
These are just a small sample of the numerous testimonies to the power of graphic visuals. They are indicative of CCBR’s success compared to traditional forms of pro-life activism. CCBR’s methods are complementary to the essential work of pregnancy care centres. CCBR provides reasons for Canadian women to get help from these centres and such centres would do well to acknowledge this.
Now the body is not a single part, but many. If a foot should say, "Because I am not a hand I do not belong to the body," it does not for this reason belong any less to the body. Or if an ear should say, "Because I am not an eye I do not belong to the body," it does not for this reason belong any less to the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended. If they were all one part, where would the body be? But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, "I do not need you," nor again the head to the feet, "I do not need you." Indeed, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are all the more necessary, and those parts of the body that we consider less honorable we surround with greater honor, and our less presentable parts are treated with greater propriety, whereas our more presentable parts do not need this. But God has so constructed the body as to give greater honor to a part that is without it, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have the same concern for one another. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honoured, all the parts share its joy (1 Corinthians 12:14–26).