Swedish Abortion Extremist Clearly Frightened of Abortion Photos
When she sanctions consumer fraud as a means of victimizing abortion customers, she reveals a view of women that is both archaic and repressive.
Gregg Cunningham recently spoke at a church in Stockholm as part of a month-long European tour. As perhaps the world’s premier pro-life strategist, Gregg is frequently asked to consult with pro-life leaders in Europe and elsewhere around the globe. This particular talk was attended by Ida Ali-Abdulla Lindqvist, an extremist abortion advocate who posted a one-sided story on the Swedish state television website. In this essay, Gregg responds. Note: your browser can translate the links to English (or something like it).
Swedish Abortion Extremist Clearly Frightened of Abortion Pictures
by Gregg Cunningham
Shortly after my antiabortion presentation at a church in Stockholm, Ida Ali-Abdulla Lindqvist posted an extremist abortion manifesto on the Swedish state television website. She misrepresented her position on abortion to gain access to our meeting (unnecessarily, because we eagerly welcome our adversaries, particularly if they are journalists) and then misrepresented the events which transpired at that meeting.
Mr. Mats Selander and I advocated the public display of prenatal development imagery and abortion photos to ensure that voters, and especially people contemplating elective pregnancy termination, possess the clearest possible understanding of an unborn child’s humanity and of abortion’s inhumanity. In advanced societies, healthcare professionals are ethically obligated to present patients with disturbing clinical information, even over their patients’ objection. The same duty should exist regarding abortion. Ms. Ali-Abdulla Lindqvist, however, demands that this information be withheld. Why does she fear the truth? Because she can’t face the facts without losing the argument.
She incorrectly asserts that our “strongest weapon” is the use of “confusion, shame, and guilt.” But in reality, our strongest weapon is the truth – the truth which must be seen to be understood. The truth for which no words are adequate. The truth revealed in our aborted baby photos. That truth dispels confusion and can only induce feelings of shame and guilt if abortion is exposed as an indefensible act of violence that kills a real baby – which, of course, is precisely the truth Ms. Ali-Abdulla Lindqvist is trying to hide.
Ms. Ali-Abdulla Lindqvist says our abortion photos are “manipulation” and “mental abuse” of the “most disgusting sort.” But it is Ms. Ali-Abdullah who is the manipulator and abuser. Nothing could be more manipulative than abusing women by misleading them into abortions they would have rejected had they been shown the horrifying truth. When she sanctions consumer fraud as a means of victimizing abortion customers, she reveals a view of women that is both archaic and repressive.
Ms. Ali-Abdulla Lindqvist then falsely accuses us of displaying abortion-related imagery which was not representative of most pregnancy terminations in Sweden. This is not true. Because 95% of Swedish abortions occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, 95% of our abortion-related imagery depicts embryos and early fetuses of 12 weeks or younger. A brief look at our website (www.abortionNO.org) proves this point.
She also criticizes what she mistakenly suggests were a set of questionable “statistics,” but which I clearly explained were not “statistics” at all. They were merely rough estimates being offered for purposes of discussion.
She refers to a question from a young man who asked whether any of our videos depicted miscarriages. She intimates that my answer was evasive, but all of our abortion imagery was obtained at abortion clinics. Women go to abortion clinics for abortions. When women miscarry, they are generally treated in a hospital or their doctor’s office by the obstetrician/gynecologist who treated them during their pregnancy. All of our abortion imagery depicts abortions. Anyone who alleges otherwise is placing themselves on the same moral plain as Holocaust deniers who say Jewish death camp photos are fakes.
Ms. Ali-Abdulla’s racism and gender bias and are on full display as she rages against patriarchy generally and white men specifically. Half the babies butchered by abortion are male and that alone should give men a voice. But she is also an anti-Christian bigot. She asserts that the Swedish Lutheran Church will not be perceived as a “modern institution” unless it suppresses meaningful dialogue regarding abortion. Censoring speech may be a modern institutional value in some parts of the world, but thankfully not in Sweden. Christianity is committed to timeless truth, not fleeting modernity.
Ms. Ali-Abdulla Linqvist is frightened of these pictures. We can hear the fear in her voice. Like most feminists, she wants no debate over abortion. She understands that abortion photos make that debate more difficult to suppress. She understands that abortion photos make that debate more difficult to win. People yawn at words. No one yawns at pictures.
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