Saturday, February 7, 2009

Abortion — An Injustice That Must Be Made Visible

Stephanie Gray, executive director of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform responds to recent condemnations of abortion photos strategy:
Of course, educating about how abortion kills babies will inevitably involve negative feelings. Know this, however: it's not possible to change peoples' understanding of "choice" and be "positive." That's because dismembering, disemboweling, and decapitating innocent babies is not a positive thing. Of course, this killing of these babies is considered legitimate because the babies aren't perceived as persons — the very status denied to Jews and Blacks in order to rationalize their extermination and enslavement. It is that key issue — unjust denial of personhood — that must be raised in the abortion debate, and yet it's also that comparison (of abortion to the Holocaust) that people like Kay take issue with.
When we are surrounded by darkness, we close our eyes at exposure to light. But eventually the pain subsides, our eyes adjust, and we realize we are better off for being in light than in darkness. So it is with visually sharing the "inconvenient truth" about abortion: initial resistance will give way to acceptance. And we who are the messengers must stay the course, accepting short-term persecution in order to achieve long-term cultural transformation.

As Gandhi once said, "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win."
Obviously, our opponents would rather keep claiming that the unborn is merely "a blob of tissue" than admit that they are well aware of the existence of a tiny beating heart, of arms and legs and microscopic fingers, but they still insist on their implied "right" to destroy that tiny baby for the sake of their own convenience. A picture is worth a thousand words and pro-life displays leave no ground for the pro-abort myths. No wonder abortion pictures make our opponents so upset.

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