The photographic evidence of what abortion does to pre-born children is the most powerful tool the pro-life movement has in effectively exposing the brutal reality that it is. For too long, abortion has seeped into nearly every facet of society. What started in universities has become prevalent in high-schools, and is now making more regular appearances in middle schools as well. What was at first seen as a way to cover up infidelity or sex outside of marriage is now an accepted form of birth control and so-called family planning.
To pro-choice advocates, abortion is a sacred right, freeing women from their bonds of oppression. Because this is the position that many of them defend, abortion must only be seen as liberating and empowering. Women who ‘shout their abortions’ are celebrated, while women who try to speak out about how their abortions have devastated them are brutally shut down.
As evidenced by the previous posts in this series, the use of abortion victim photography is controversial. Using these images is not only contested by pro-choice advocates, but also by some members of the pro-life movement. The reason many are uncomfortable with the images is because they feel that doing anything that may upset others is not compassionate or loving.
“This isn’t love,” I’ve heard people argue. “This just makes people upset! How can you say that you’re reaching out in a compassionate way when this just makes women feel bad?”
As I watched the streams of people bursting out of the doors of Toronto’s Union Station, I was reminded once again of why I’m not a city girl. I don’t get a rush from being in the midst of crowds of people, with constant noise, strange smells, and dirty streets. But cities are important, particularly for us. The more people there are, the greater the need for the truth about abortion to be shown. There are more people to reach, which means more minds that need to be swayed and more babies that need to be saved.
Jonathon Van Maren’s new book explaining the use of abortion victim photography—Seeing is Believing—has been welcomed eagerly by many in the pro-life movement. Those who have been curious as to why CCBR and others feel that the use of abortion victim photography is essential for making abortion unthinkable and others who have struggled with unanswered questions have turned to this book for answers.
The importance of using effective pro-life apologetics is nearly universally acknowledged within the pro-life movement. Being equipped to respond to pro-choice arguments enables us to be influential advocates on behalf of the pre-born. However, we at the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform don’t rely on pro-life apologetics alone. Our two-pronged approach as part of the educational arm of the pro-life movement includes the use of abortion victim photography (AVP).
Earlier this week, I headed out with some of the volunteers from a local pro-life community group to participate in the group’s first high-school “Choice” Chain. It was the first time this particular school had been confronted with a “Choice” Chain display, and the reaction, as always, was mixed.
A crowd of students quickly gathered around our signs, and while some students were angry, many had serious questions they wanted to ask.
“What about rape?” one girl asked me.
“That’s right!” another student exclaimed.
One of the most important things you can do to help end the killing is know the answers to important questions. The pro-choice movement has cleverly cloaked the reality of abortion with pleasant words such as “choice”, and as a result, being pro-choice in many ways has become synonymous with being compassionate. Knowing the best way to convey the pro-life position can give you the confidence you need to stand up for your pro-life convictions whenever the opportunity arrises.
While doing pro-life outreach, we are usually reaching out to the people walking by us, trying to engage them in conversation. We stand in one place, holding onto our signs and making eye-contact with passers-by. However, one person on the team is responsible for safety, watching out for potential trouble, and holding onto a video camera in order to document any issues that come up.
As the Liberal government continues to think of ways to hinder pro-life activities, it is easy to become discouraged. In Ontario, the provincial government is responding to the peaceful efforts of the 40 Days for Life Campaign by proposing bubble zones around clinics. Those who stand on the sidewalk outside of clinics and hospitals that perform abortions praying and offering life affirming options are, apparently, just too threatening.