CBR volunteer Meredith Hunt reports on CBR’s recent Choice Chain at Berea College. Hunt is a veteran GAPper, having taken our Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) to more than 50 universities. Read more of his thoughts and works at www.lifeadvocates.blogspot.com and www.chaoticterrain.com.
God Made All Peoples
By Meredith Eugene Hunt
Taking our handheld “Choice” signs to Berea College on Friday, November 8 was a homecoming for me.
When Fletcher told me about the GAPs planned for Northern Kentucky U, Eastern Kentucky U, and the U of Kentucky, it seemed natural to go to nearby Berea on the extra in-between day. That weekend, quite literally was Homecoming at Berea. Since my youngest son is now a student there, my wife and I, both of us alums, have special impetus to become involved in the college again.
Years ago, when I was a Berea student, I attended a convocation at which the speaker spoke on abortion as a silent holocaust, and that presentation, I’m sure, was a factor in leading me into full-time pro-life work. My son said that the college, having become far more liberal since then, would never have such a speaker now. Not that they would boast of it, but Berea graduate Dr. Willie J. Parker (class of 1986) is an outspoken abortion advocate and practicing late-term abortionist. He’s been the “medical director” of Planned Parenthood in Washington, DC and he is the 2013 winner of the “2013 George Tiller, MD, Abortion Provider Award,” whatever that is. Parker is not only an abortionist but is also a “Christian,” he says. He explained last year (May 27, 2012) in the New Jersey Star Register (link here),
In listening to a sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King, I came to a deeper understanding of my spirituality, which places a higher value on compassion. King said what made the good Samaritan “good” is that instead of focusing on would happen to him by stopping to help the traveler, he was more concerned about what would happen to the traveler if he didn’t stop to help. I became more concerned about what would happen to these women if I, as an obstetrician, did not help them.
Parker doesn’t seem to notice that in the Good Samaritan story, he is the violent robber who leaves the traveler in the ditch, naked, and bleeding.
Berea College, too, projects a skewed, incomplete perspective on certain aspects of Christianity. When college president Roelofs learned of our intention to bring Choice signs for students to see them as they crossed the highway that intersects the campus, he sent out a campus-wide e-mail. In the e-mail he wrote these words:
“In 2003, our community (persons from Berea College, the City of Berea, local churches, and others) developed the following statement expressing our collective commitment to “love over hate,” and it seems appropriate to revisit this thinking:
“For God so loved the world .. . that’s all of us! United and Diverse. We believe all people have been created in the image of God and are loved by God. We believe this divine origin and love invests each person with an inherent dignity and worth that should be respected and cherished. We believe God’s love toward us is not dependent upon our condition or actions. God loves all because God is love.”
It seems clear from the rest of the letter that Berea College does not include children before birth in the human family. That they are not created in the image of God, are not loved by God, do not have inherent dignity and worth that should be respected and cherished. That love for pre-natal children is dependent on conditions.
Or maybe they weren’t thinking about abortion at all when they composed their statement. Perhaps they should have been. But that’s why we brought the images and printed arguments to Berea.
During our GAP tour I led a short devotional with the team each morning. Before Berea, my text was, from Philippians 4, “Let your gentleness be known to all. The Lord is near.”
The students who passed us were respectful. True, a couple female professor types stood back out of brochure range as they waited for the light to change, but by-and-large everyone else was either friendly or receptive to our presence. We handed out more than 1000 brochures entitled “Unmasking Choice.” A black student asked one of our people, “Is this a religious organization?” The answer essentially was no. “That’s why your arguments are so cogent!” he said with enthusiasm and waving one of the brochures. CBR is an organization of Christians, but we primarily make secular and scientific arguments as to why abortion is wrong.
Passersby (that is, drivers in vehicles) often responded, and most indicated strong support. Berea is a liberal college in the middle of a rural, conservative region, and you could see that clearly. A few people pulled over to get out and make a comment, or people just gave a thumbs up or called out encouragement. A few didn’t know if we were for abortion or against it, but it’s hard to imagine how anyone could think people who supported the choice to abort a child would show pictures of that dead child. But some people get confused that way. Innocent unsophistication, I guess.
We also had the Choice Truck driving up and down the road for most of the four hours we were there. A US Marine Corps medical corpsman in dress uniform and at Berea for homecoming stopped to talk and thank us. I spent a good deal of time talking with the director of campus safety. He was my age and had had long experience as a police chief and with security for governmental leaders.
The editor of the student newspaper, The Pinnacle came by for a while. He wrote an editorial that favorably compared our use of graphic imagery with a similar approach for issues important to him, such as war and mountain-top removal in coal mining. He did however say that our “protest” was not much newsworthy. “I didn’t see anything particularly timely or gripping about this demonstration,” he wrote. “Did this particular group break any new information about abortion? No they did not.”
Probably he’s right. But it’s a sad state of affairs when the aborting of children in the womb is so customary, routine, and “old” that it can’t be news. We are in a sorry condition when cogent arguments against the ongoing legal killing of children don’t break any new information.
In the instance of us bringing the graphic images to Berea College, we were the true reporters and journalists. We were the media, the “guardian of the student’s right to know,” (echoing the byline of The Pinnacle). This information about abortion was new to most of those students. We brought that missing convocation out on the sidewalk, and hopefully some student will make a decision for life for her baby, or will someday become a pro-life activist, or won’t become another misguided Dr. Willie J. Jackson. By advocating for children in the womb, we represent a missing element in the fulfillment of Berea’s motto, taken from the Bible, “God made of one blood all peoples of the earth.”
Let’s go back again soon.
I posted this comment on the Kentucky Kernel story on our GAP at the University of Kentucky. Please go and add your own comments!
For the people who don’t like us to compare abortion to the Holocaust, the answer is simple. This is all you have to do:
- Overturn Row v Wade, the Supreme Court decision that declared preborn children as non-persons. (In 1936, the Reichsgericht declared Jews to be non-persons.)
- Don’t use dehumanizing words to describe the human beings you advocate killing, e.g., words like products of conception, parasite, potential life, mass of cells, blob of tissue, not a person, etc. (Nazis called their victims rats, pigs, vermin, untermensch, etc.)
- Don’t say that abortion makes our society better by getting rid of unwanted children. (Nazis declared that they were making their society better by getting rid of inferior … i.e., unwanted … people.)
- Don’t frame your argument in the language of “choice.” (Nazis asserted that the racial makeup of the German nation was an internal matter for the German people to decide; they also emphasized Hitler’s choice, his “Will to Power,” as a Nazi propaganda film put it.)
If the abortion industry and their apologists would quit saying and doing things that remind us so much of the Nazi era, the similarities might become less obvious.
Stay tuned to FAB for more on GAP at the U of Kentucky. Read the Kentucky Kernel story here. Please go and add your own comments!
A group of Black women approached CBR volunteer Bryan McKinney at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). Bryan had joined us for the entire Kentucky GAP tour, along with his wife Christy and his 2-year-old daughter Elizabeth. What an awesome family!
Shirby Ferguson, President of the Black United Students (BUS), told Bryan that BUS officers and members had e-mailed and texted her about the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) display. They were upset about the use of lynching photos in our display. Shirby said none of them had the courage to come out and speak with us, so she was there representing all of them.
Before long, Shirby and Bryan were engrossed in dialogue that lasted well over half an hour. Bryan explained that CBR’s entire operating philosophy comes from the King family. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) said that America would never reject racism until America saw racism. Dr. King’s niece, Dr. Alveda King, now says that, in the same way, America will never reject abortion until America sees abortion.
MLK compared racial injustice to the Holocaust on many levels, particularly with respect the dehumanization of their intended victims. Additionally, MLK knew people needed to see pictures of racial injustice to understand the plight of the Black man, just like they needed to see pictures of the death camps to understand the horror of the Holocaust.
Once Bryan explained that MLK and other social reformers in US history had used images to help change hearts and minds, Shirby immediately changed her mind about our display. She had been pro-life already, but she had not understood why our display used the comparisons that we did. She stayed for over an hour to speak with other volunteers and staff members, accompanied by BUS members.
Bryan also mentioned that, as a white man, images of racial injustice were the closest he could ever come to understanding her personal connection with the injustice of racism. On the other hand, images of Holocaust victims were the closest she could ever come to understanding his personal connection with the Holocaust, a time during which several of Bryans relatives were killed.
At Northern Kentucky University (NKU), we were treated to a steady stream of passersby who saw the pictures and were forced to think about abortion in a new way.
One such man said that there was no abortion in the Middle East, where he comes from. (We doubt that, by the way.) However, because abortion is legal in the USA, he had come to believe it must be OK. Seeing abortion pictures changed all of that. He told CBR Project Director Maggie Egger, “I hadn’t thought much about it, but it’s legal so I assumed it was okay. These pictures are terrible. You’ve really opened my eyes. Abortion is not okay.”
CBR volunteer Laurice Baddour spend several hours breaking down the pro-abortion protesters who showed up. She has a unique way of endearing herself to people by simply loving them, right where they stand. Several admitted to her that their signs of protest didn’t mean they completely supported abortion. One said, “I’m only holding this sign because my friend told me to!”
Please keep in your prayers a young man who saw the pictures and told CBR staffer Renee Kling that he had gotten a girl pregnant in his home country. Even though he knew abortion was horrible, he didn’t understand just how evil it was, so he and his girlfriend chose abortion. He said, “I carry that guilt with me.” Renee invited him to speak with Lisa, our post-abortive volunteer and showed him how to connect with people in the community who could help.
It’s important to show people what abortion really is, because until people feel uncomfortable about it, and realize what it really is, they’re not going to change. You are not going to get the laws changed, or people’s hearts changed.
So said Ella Beckman, President of Northern Right to Life (NRL), the student pro-life group at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). Ella is an excellent spokesperson, as you can see.
NKU was the first stop on our November tour through Kentucky, which will include stops at Berea College, Eastern Kentucky U, and the U of Kentucky (Lord willing). More about those later.
We are always amused at the arrogance of people who believe freedom of speech is for them alone, but not for anyone else who dares to disagree. Stephanie Knoll, an undecided freshman, was quoted in The Northerner (the student newspaper), “Whether or not people agree, abortion is their choice and they shouldn’t be trying to shove their opinions down everyone’s throats, especially not with images …”
In other words, killing a baby is OK, but to express your opinion against abortion is not OK. To support your opinion with evidence is even worse. Riiiiiight.
The Northerner reported that Rosa Christophel posted via her Facebook account, “NKU is a learning institution not an abortion clinic. I can’t believe this is allowed.” We agree on both counts:
- NKU is a learning institution. On Wednesday and Thursday, thousands of students learned the truth about abortion.
- We also can’t believe abortion is allowed in a civilized society.
Your humble correspondent was interviewed by Tom Dupree on WLAP Radio, the Rush Limbaugh station in Lexington. To listen to the podcast, click here.
This interview was aired on Sunday morning, October 26. Tom is a great interviewer. We covered a lot of serious ground, but it was fun, too. Hope you enjoy listening.
History is clear on this point: injustice can be defeated only by reformers who confront evil and accept persecution from angry defenders of the status quo. People who exploit others are enraged when their cruel tyranny is threatened. When William Wilberforce used pictures to win the debate over slavery, he was attacked in the newspapers, physically assaulted, and even threatened with death. But he showed the pictures anyway.
Conflict is not only an indicator that the status quo is threatened; it is also a facilitator of change. It focuses public attention in ways nothing else will. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “I am not afraid of the word ‘tension.’ I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.” This tension created a public forum in which racists were forced to defend segregation. They could not do it, so the reformers won.
It seems that CBR Maryland’s presence is becoming well known in the Washington-Baltimore area. “Jack” recently posted the following on Facebook, next to a photo of our Black Genocide Awareness Project display:
Jack ——-, August 25:
I saw these guys at the March yesterday and they really bothered me - they show up at most big events in DC, like a bloody wet blanket. Dear Bloody Baby Guys, I see your oversized panels of blood, guts and tiny human parts at most large gatherings on the Mall and it offends me. But frankly you bore me, and I can’t take you seriously and you all are aggressively annoying and I think, intellectually dishonest.
Unbeknownst to Jack, one of his own Facebook friends was CBR Maryland volunteer David, who responded, instigating the following conversation:
David ——-, August 25:
Hi Jack. If you continued down to the second to last sign on the left you would have found me. I didn’t see you there so maybe you didn’t see that at least 6 of our members were women. For the most part people seemed interested, shook my hand, and thanked me for being there.
Jack ——-, August 25:
Dave, I am proud to call you a friend and neighbor! Much love back at ya! Please answer this, Dave, why the giant gross-out signs? Such a negative presence, I personally don’t like them, but further I can’t imagine they win many to your cause. For every one person you may win I suspect you drive away 20!
David ——-, August 25:
I believe that it is important to put a real face on the victims of abortion just as for years we have put a real face on the victims of poverty, war, human trafficking. You know this from Time, Life, and so on. Young people who see these images begin conversations because they are so shocking and then we instantly have another pro-lifer for the rest of her/his life. Never does it work in the reverse unless that person is nuts. 40 years of legal abortion on demand at any stage of fetal development and very little change in public policy because when people say choice they think “reproductive health rights”. The images will help associate “choice” or “right to choose” with the true end product of the wrong choice, a dead baby.
Tim ——-, August 25:
I think that was a great explanation.
Jack’s comments are proof positive that, despite the media blackout, pro-lifers can still succeed in getting their message across to the community. If it can be done in DC, it can be done anywhere! If this is what we can do with a mere sixteen volunteers, image what would be possible with a hundred or more!
Watch a hemoglobin molecule being manufactured inside a cell … in real time. As you watch the video, try to convince yourself that this molecular manufacturing assembly line (and millions more just like it) evolved from primordial soup by cosmic accident. If you don’t see evidence of design, you might be a religious fanatic. Just sayin’.
This animation comes from the good folks at the Discovery Institute. See detailed description here.
When the right transfer molecule plugs in, the amino acid it carries is added to the growing protein chain. Again, you are watching this in real time. After a few seconds, the assembled protein starts to emerge from the ribosome.
In this case, the end product is hemoglobin. The cells in our bone marrow churn out 100 trillion molecules it per second.
Somebody sent me this. Wish I had written it.
Why Carry a Gun?
I don’t carry a gun to kill people.
I carry a gun to keep from being killed.
I don’t carry a gun to scare people.
I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid.
I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil.
I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.
I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government.
I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry.
I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.
I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone.
I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.
I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man.
I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.
I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate.
I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.
I don’t carry a gun because I love it.
I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.
Police protection is an oxymoron. Free citizens must protect themselves.
Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.
Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take a whoopin’
— Author unknown, but obviously brilliant
As we look around at our own country, we can’t help but feel like exiles.
We live in a land where most people seem willing to casually discard the dear freedoms that our forefathers fought and died to preserve. In fact, the only freedoms that seem to mean much in our culture are the freedoms to (a) have sex without responsibility, (b) kill our own children, and (c) steal from others by force, i.e., collect taxes from others under threat of incarceration, to buy free stuff for ourselves.
But God wrote a letter to His people in exile. In Jeremiah 29, God sent a message to the Israelites in Babylon, telling them about his plans for their future:
- I have a plan for you.
- The plan is exile. YIKES! The exile will last 70 years. (Bible scholars will be interested to see how this prophecy would be fulfilled to the very day, as detailed in the notes below.)
- Build houses, plant gardens, and eat of the produce.
- Marry off your children, and increase in number. (The next generation of Christians must avoid the mistake of having small families.)
- Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.
Check out this video:
Notes on the 70-year Babylonian Captivity
by Chuck Missler (taken from Jeremiah, the Patriotic Prophet)
Among his many prophecies, Jeremiah predicted that the duration of the Babylonian captivity would be precisely 70 years.
(In fact, it was when the captive Daniel was reading Jeremiah’s prophetic writings that he undertook serious prayer, which was then interrupted by the Angel Gabriel who gave him the famed Seventy Week Prophecy. Jesus later highlighted this very passage as the key to end-time prophecy. )
The reason the judgment of the captivity was to be exactly 70 years is highlighted in 2 Chronicles (2 Chronicles 36:20, 21):
And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:
To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.
Apparently, for 490 years they had failed to keep the sabbath of the land; the Lord was saying, in effect, “You owe me 70!”
The “servitude of the nation” began with the first siege of Nebuchadnezzar in 606 B.C. and ended with the release of the Jewish captives when Cyrus the Great conquered Babylon in 539 B.C.
This 70-year period is not to be confused with a similar 70-year period, called “the desolations of Jerusalem,” which began with the third siege of Nebuchadnezzar. Each was fulfilled to the very day.
It is instructive to note the remarkable precision of the Scriptures: The city of Jerusalem was invaded on the tenth day of the tenth month, Tebeth, in the ninth year of Zedekiah in 589 B.C. (And for 25 centuries this day has been observed as a fast by Jews in every land.)
Scripture clearly indicates that this era closed on “the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, [Kislev] even from the day that the foundation of the LORD’S temple was laid,” which was in 520 B.C. This is an interval of precisely 25,200 days, or seventy 360-day years.
This lady has hit it right on.
Laura Hollis penned this analysis of the American electorate soon after the 2012 elections. It’s still as current today as the day she wrote it, well worth your time to read it. Ms. Hollis is a Professor of Law at Notre Dame University and a regular columnist for Townhall.com.
We are outnumbered. … There are fewer of us who believe in the value of free exchange and free enterprise. There are fewer of us who do not wish to demonize successful people in order to justify taking from them. We are outnumbered. For the moment. It’s just that simple.
It wasn’t the candidate(s). No matter who we ran this year, they would have lost.
It’s the culture, stupid. We have been trying to fight this battle every four years at the voting booth. It is long past time we admit that is not where the battle really is. We abdicated control of the culture – starting back in the 1960s. And now our largest primary social institutions – education, the media, Hollywood (entertainment) have become really nothing more than an assembly line for cranking out reliable little Leftists. Furthermore, we have allowed the government to undermine the institutions that instill good character – marriage, the family, communities, schools, our churches. So, here we are, at least two full generations later – we are reaping what we have sown. It took nearly fifty years to get here; it will take another fifty years to get back. But it starts with the determination to reclaim education, the media, and the entertainment business. If we fail to do that, we can kiss every election goodbye from here on out. And much more.
America has become a nation of adolescents. The real loser in this election was adulthood: Maturity. Responsibility.
But what did win? Sex. Drugs. Bad language. Bad manners. Vulgarity. Lies. Cheating. Name-calling. Finger-pointing. Blaming. And irresponsible spending. This does not bode well. People grow up one of two ways: either they choose to, or circumstances force them to. … It is unpleasant to think about the circumstances it will take to force Americans to grow up.
Suffice it to say that the only “war on women” was the one waged by the Obama campaign, which sexualized and objectified women, featuring them dressed up like vulvas at the Democrat National Convention, appealing to their “lady parts,” comparing voting to losing your virginity with Obama, trumpeting the thrills of destroying our children in the womb (and using our daughters in commercials to do so), and making Catholics pay for their birth control.
It’s not about giving up on “social issues.” … We defend the unborn because we understand that a society which views some lives as expendable is capable of viewing all lives as expendable. We defend family – mothers, fathers, marriage, children – because history makes it quite clear that societies without intact families quickly descend into anarchy and barbarism, …
The Corrupt Media – is the enemy too strong? I don’t think so. I have been watching the media try to throw elections since at least the early 1990s. In 2008 and again this year, we saw the media cravenly cover up for the incompetence and deceit of this President, while demonizing a good, honorable and decent man with lies and smears. This is on top of the daily barrage of insults that conservatives (and by that I mean the electorate, not the politicians) must endure at the hands of this arrogant bunch of elitist snobs.
Small business and entrepreneurs will be hurt the worst. For all the blather about “Wall Street versus Main Street ,” Obama’s statist agenda will unquestionably benefit the biggest corporations which – as with the public sector unions – are in the best position to make campaign donations, hire lobbyists, and get special exemptions carved out from Obama’s health care laws, his environmental regulations, his labor laws.
America is more polarized than ever; and this time it’s personal. I’ve been following politics for a long time, and it feels different this time. Not just for me. I’ve received messages from other conservatives who are saying the same thing: there is little to no tolerance left out there for those who are bringing this country to its knees – even when they have been our friends. It isn’t just about “my guy” versus “your guy.” It is my view of America versus your view of America – a crippled, hemorrhaging, debt-laden, weakened and dependent America that I want no part of and resent being foisted on me. I no longer have any patience for stupidity, blindness, or vulgarity, so with each dumb “tweet” or FB post by one of my happily lefty comrades, another one bites the dust, for me.
It’s possible that America just has to hit rock bottom. I truly believe that most Americans who voted for Obama have no idea what they are in for.
Read entire piece here.
Very interesting article by Sarah Terzo summarizing reporters’ comments after actually seeing abortion. Reading her piece reminded of an article written by Dr. Richard Selzer years ago, entitled What I Saw at the Abortion. He talked about the effect of actually seeing an abortion:
And it has happened that you cannot reason with me now. For what can language do against the truth of what I saw?
More about that in a minute. First, here are some of the best quotes from Ms. Terzo’s piece:
I felt a profound and unmistakable kinship with the foot and hand in the tray, a kinship so strong it was like the rolling of the sea under my feet. (Harper’s Magazine author Verlyn Klinkenborg)
But the nurses, medical assistants, and doctors who worked inside procedure rooms … knew that an eleven-week-old POC harbored tiny arms and legs and feet with toes. (author Sue Hertz, who spent a year observing abortions a busy abortion clinic) [FAB: POC = products of conception]
I have seen this before. The face of a Russian soldier, lying on a frozen snow covered hill, stiff with death and cold. … A death factory is the same anywhere, and the agony of early death is the same anywhere. (author Magda Denes)
Having seen what I saw, I cannot for a moment abide the disingenuousness of those who argue that a fetus is not human, or those who convince themselves that abortion is not killing. (Newsday reporter B.D. Colen, who witnessed a 2nd-trimester D&E abortion)
As I left the operating room, I shook my head in an attempt to get the horrible vision out of my head. I couldn’t. It was there; it would always be there: a little hand…a little rib cage. (former medical student)
Read the entire article here.
In 1976, Dr. Richard Selzer was a surgeon at Yale University. In January of that year, he authored an essay entitled “What I Saw at the Abortion,” which appeared in, of all places, Esquire Magazine. In this piece, he described witnessing a prostaglandin-injection abortion performed at 24 weeks gestation. Referring to the spirited fight put up by the preborn child in the defense of his own life, Selzer concluded:
Whatever else is said in abortion’s defense, the vision of that other defense will not vanish from my eyes. … And it has happened that you cannot reason with me now. For what can language do against the truth of what I saw?
Indeed, what can lying words and sophistry do against undeniable truth?
Earlier this year, Simcha Fisher posted her essay entitled Eight Reasons Not to Use Graphic Abortion Images at the March for Life at the National Catholic Register Online. Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) Executive Director Gregg Cunningham, perhaps the world’s premier pro-life strategist, responds.
Eight Reasons or No Reason to Put Away Abortion Photos?
by Gregg Cunningham
In a National Catholic Register online essay titled “Eight Reasons Not to Use Graphic Abortion Images at the March for Life,” Simcha Fisher concedes that “Americans are tragically ignorant about what abortion really is …” but then lurches to the non sequitur that abortion photos should never be shown in public, and then only “as a last resort” in private. The mainstream pro-life movement has covered up the horror of abortion for forty years, and now wonders why the public is still not horrified by abortion. The result has been a failure to outlaw abortion — anywhere, and at any point in pregnancy — and fifty million dead babies!
Had Martin Luther King displayed lynching photos only in “private,” and only “as a last resort,” black people would still be drinking from segregated water fountains. Dr. King instead commissioned the making of sickening photos and then urged their widespread publication and broadcast. The result was the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The history of social reform is the history of horrifying pictures: Pictures of slaves being tortured to death; pictures of Native American women and children massacred by the U.S. Calvary; pictures of African Americans beaten to their knees for trying to register to vote; pictures of little children abused in mines and factories. These pictures traumatized children just like those Ms. Fisher seeks to shelter at the March For Life. But the imagery also convinced the country that the victims were real people, fully entitled to rights of personhood. It additionally persuaded the electorate that the injustices depicted therein were sufficiently egregious to warrant criminalization.
Many of the children who attend the March are genuinely devout and authentically pro-life, but others are only nominally Catholic if Catholic at all. Some are, or soon will become, sexually active. Some are, or soon will become, pregnant. More than a few will abort. Some of them, however, will change their minds because we showed them the indescribable horror of abortion. We have testimonies to prove this.
Ms. Fisher says we should hide the horror of abortion because post-abortive women attend the March. CDC reports that nearly half of all abortions are performed on post-abortive women. Post-abortive women are, therefore, among the women most at risk of aborting. They are, consequently, the women who most need to see the terrible truth, lest they kill again. Many post-abortive women (and men) have told us they now realize that visualizing what they had done forced them to stop trying to rationalize it. Only then were they able to confess and repent, so they could be forgiven and healed.
Ephesians 5:11 commands us to “expose the deeds of darkness,” not to show them only privately nor only as a last resort. Responsibility for the terrible longevity of history’s most horrific slaughter does not rest entirely upon our adversaries. We will be judged for our timidity, perhaps as harshly as they will be judged for their barbarity – by history and by Providence.