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?”
January 30, 2018
I was at SAIT, a college in Calgary, Alberta with our team of volunteers and staff. I held a “Life” sign and passed out brochures, hoping to catch a few students on their break and hear what they thought about abortion. It was a good day for conversations and all our volunteers were chatting with students when a young woman stopped by my sign and shared with me that she didn’t like abortion. She understood that the pre-born child is a living human being, just like you and I, and deserves the same protection.
January 29, 2018
For years, pro-life activists have been pointing out that the “pro-choice” ideology is a scientifically illiterate and incoherent philosophy that defies everything we know about the pre-born human being developing in the womb. In fact, while abortion activists tried (and try) to portray the coming of legalized feticide as a victory of enlightenment and liberation over the religious values of the Dark Ages, this is simply a historical lie.
January 19, 2018
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.
January 18, 2018
I had the opportunity to participate in a 4-month internship this past summer with CCBR. To be honest, I would not recommend it for most people. In hindsight, I think that the cons outweigh the pros:
January 18, 2018
“Why are you in front of a high school, this is messed up!” “Girls here have had abortions. Don’t you think this will hurt them?” “Do you really think that you can tell me what I can do with a fetus that is in MY body?” “What if a woman is going to DIE because she can’t have an abortion?” “What about rape? Would YOU keep a baby that’s always going to remind you of what happened to you?” “Wait! Is he filming us? You need our permission to film us.”
January 16, 2018
Many questions have been asked around the use of abortion victim photography (AVP).
January 11, 2018
One thing you realize while doing pro-life work is that everyone you encounter seems deeply wounded. The visceral reality of abortion brought to light tends to dredge up pain—pain that existed already, but in many cases was pushed down and kept quiet. “You think I’m a demon,” one woman said to me after revealing she’d had an abortion, her voice on the verge of cracking. She turned and walked briskly away before I could finish saying, “No, I don’t.” Please come back, I wanted to say to her. You are not a demon. I’m sorry you’re in pain.
January 10, 2018
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.
January 8, 2018
One of the questions we are often asked about using abortion victim photography is regarding desensitization. “Doesn’t seeing the images over and over again make you numb to abortion’s horrific reality?” someone may ask. The answer to this question is, quite simply, no.