A reader of HSH blog and a great supporter recently sent me a pro-life video promoting the use of graphic images. I googled the title and decided that it is a video that I don’t want to see. It seems that the video involves footage of an actual abortion, that is, not just the remains, but video of the actual abortion, unedited.
Now, I agree that graphic images of the remains of babies destroyed by abortion have saved lives perhaps more than all other methods put together (outside of prayer, of course). I agree that they should be used. The more the better. I don’t think pictures of the remains of the babies are pornographic (as some think) any more than I think that pictures of mountains of corpses of the Jewish victims of the holocaust are pornographic, or any more than I think that a crucifix with but a scantily clad body of Jesus is pornographic. Those who think such images are pornographic are either disingenuous or altogether ill in the head.
Having said that, I disagree with the use of video of the abortion itself. Why?
Not because I think such images are meant in any way to be pornographic in and of themselves, even though the privates of a woman might well be shown. That’s not pornography, meant for titillation. Those who think so are well and truly sick in the head.
However! It seems to me that many women who get abortions are, in fact, girls, minors, who are there not because they want to be there, but because they are forced by rapists, “boyfriends” and/or family, often under threat of death, to get the abortion. They are already compromised. I see no reason to compromise them further by showing their privates to the entire world. There are, by the way, those who are terribly sick in the head, who get their kicks out of ripping children limb from limb from the mother’s womb. Why feed their sickness?
Having said that, if the images of the private parts were totally removed, frame by frame, so that it was clear that this was an abortion in progress but which did not show any of the privates of the woman, and this can be done, then – hey! – go for it. That would help to stop many, many abortions.
Am I wrong on this? I don’t think so.