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Monday, January 16, 2006

Graphic Abortion Pictures

I have been to pro-life rallies. (I have also seen a pro-abortion rally, since they were counter-protesting on the same day.) I have seen the reactions range from giving a thumbs-up sign to flipping people off and yelling obscenities. (These last two are almost always from those usually labeled "tolerant.") However, I cannot understand some of the negative reactions to graphic pictures of abortion themselves, no matter what the views of the viewer are.

For those that believe the unborn to be just "tissue," there should be no problem. Undoubtedly, some of them must watch popular shows such as the ER, House, etc. Yet, seeing "tissue" never seems to disturb them there. Often, the "pro-choice" liberals that condemn the pictures are the very ones that were showing pictures of the vile Abu Ghraib abuses to anyone and everyone.

On the other side, those that are pro-life and believe that abortion is the killing of human beings cannot be outraged at the pictures either. Who gets outraged at the history books that have pictures of the Holocaust? No, people are usually outraged that the Holocaust even happened. If that same event were happening now, we would not scorn those who show the evidence, and then continue on our way to work. Instead, hopefully, we would be called to end such evil.

We know that people won't believe something until they see it themselves. Ad campaigns recognize this. Anti-smoking campaigns show pictures of cancerous lungs. Anti-drinking campaigns show scans of alcohol-affected brains that look like swiss cheese.

Even pro-abortion "feminist" author Naomi Wolf realizes that pictures force the truth to be faced. She says,

So, what will it be: Wanted fetuses are charming, complex REM-dreaming little beings whose profile on the sonogram looks just like Daddy, but unwanted ones are mere "uterine material"? How can we charge that it is vile and repulsive for pro-lifers to brandish vile and repulsive images if the images are real? To insist that the truth is in poor taste is the very height of hypocrisy. Besides, if these images are often the facts of the matter, and if we then claim that it is offensive for pro-choice women to be confronted by them, then we are making the judgment that women are too inherently weak to face a truth about which they have to make a grave decision. This view of women is unworthy of feminism. Free women must be strong women, too: and strong women, presumably do not seek to cloak their most important decisions in euphemism.
There is no good reason to be "outraged" at the pictures themselves. If you think abortion is a procedure that removes tissue, there's nothing worth arguing over. If you think abortion kills a human being, you should feel called to help, if you have any moral character at all. The pictures themselves are only an "outrage" to those who have been hoping to avoid the issue, only to be faced with it head-on.

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