Pro Life Strategy | How We Can Win

Medallion emphasizes the humanity of the Black slave.

Medallion emphasized to Londoners the humanity of the Black slave in 1787.

My talk last night at the Atlanta Right to Life was very well received, I think.  The subject was “Learning From the Past: How We Can Win.”  This is a similar talk to the one I gave to a group of pro-life Georgia Legislators a couple of years ago and the talk I gave to a group of pro-life Congressmen in DC.

This was a fairly easy audience.  We’ve been working with these folks to display abortion images for many years (GAP, RCC, etc.), so they are very familiar with the need to educate the public.  I didn’t need to convince them so much as to help solidify in their minds the connection between our work to educate the public using horrifying images and the work of other social reformers in history who achieved success using the same strategy.  Examples:

  • The anti-slave-trade movement in England (William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson) used images to show the humanity of the Black slave and the inhumanity of the slave trade.
  • Abolistionists in this country used similar images, and later used photographs, to expose the injustice of slavery.
  • Lewis Hine, who was concerned about abusive child labor practices, took pictures of children working in coal mines and textile mills and turned them into a traveling display.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that “America will not stop racism until America sees racism.”  He arranged for video and photos of Black men and women being attacked with dogs and water cannons to be shown on TV and in magazines.
Horrifying photos of racial violence showed the ugly truth of racism.

Horrifying photos of racial violence showed the ugly truth of racism and changed America's heart.

You can download my slides by clicking here.  It is a fairly large file (38 MB); it might take 10 minutes or so to download.  Just save it to a file; a pop-up window will ask you where to file it and will tell you how long it will take to download the file.

Please take a look at the slides and leave your comment on this post!


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One Response to “Pro Life Strategy | How We Can Win”

  1. August 12th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Larry Mac says:


    The pen is more powerful than the sword. I recently read an e-novel a friend of mine published on amazon about the chilling effect abortion has on individuals, families, and society in general. It’s called “The Lincoln Conversations” by L. Paul Brehm. Like your blog, Paul evokes the moral authority of Lincoln to get the reader to rethink the issue. Lincoln would have asked – if abortion isn’t wrong, what is? You might want to look into his legacy and add something from him to the blog. His moral authorty is second to none in this country.


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