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Whenever we go out on the streets for a “Face the Truth” Tour, we can always count on someone happening by our display to tell us that by showing the pictures of abortion victims in the public square, we’re doing more harm than good.
This is a charge we’ve heard often enough that we address it as one of the most Common Objections we hear.
In our response to this oft-raised argument, we point out that throughout modern history, any number of successful social reform movements — from the movement to enact child labor laws to the civil rights movement — have used disturbing images that depict victims of maltreatment and violence, and that public support for the reforms these movements sought could not have been garnered without publicly showing these images.
The intent behind displaying graphic abortion pictures is the same, of course, for it puts a human face on the victims of what is, for far too many people, merely a theoretical concept or political issue. [Continue reading …]
It is often hard to gauge the response to the Pro-Life Action League’s Face the Truth displays. Shouts from car windows are usually unintelligible, thumbs ups at 50 miles per hour can be mistaken for middle fingers, and car horns communicate anything from the heartiest support to the most resolute dissent (or occasionally nothing more than an unrelated traffic squabble).
Rockford, IL is perhaps one of the most enigmatic cities in this regard. I noticed more positive than negative reactions on our annual Face the Truth day in Rockford last Tuesday, but I spoke to several volunteers who reported the opposite, and still others who seemed to receive equal levels of each.
One interpretation of this incongruity is that each volunteer may actually be observing different reactions — the response of a driver at the very beginning of the display may vary greatly from that of the driver at the end, who has had more time to process the images and form a concrete position. [Continue reading …]
Face the Truth Tour in Joliet, IL [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
As we’ve done annually since the year 2000, the Pro-Life Action League set out on July 10 for our annual “Face the Truth” Tour, bringing images of the victims of abortion to 24 major intersections across northeast Illinois to expose the horrific reality of abortion.
This year’s tour reached hundreds of thousands of pedestrians and motorists with the truth about abortion, and we distributed over 8,000 pieces of pro-life literature!
Many of the most impactful moments of any Face the Truth Tour come in the form of individual conversations with passersby, and this year’s was no exception.
On the first day of the Tour in Joliet, a man driving by parked his car and came over to talk to the nearest signholder, Luann Bloom, who happens to be one of our most seasoned volunteers. The man asked made it clear that seeing our signs had made him very upset, and it soon became clear that abortion had touched him personally. [Continue reading …]
This Friday, July 10, the Pro-Life Action League kicks off our 16th annual “Face the Truth” Tour across northeastern Illinois.
Since 2000, the League has conducted a week-long tour covering a large swath of territory across the Chicagoland area. At each stop, League staff and volunteers line a busy intersection with pictures of abortion victims to show the public the truth about what is all too often characterized merely as a “choice.”
On our website is a page that addresses the most common objections we hear during our “Face the Truth” Tours, when we show pictures of abortion victims out on the streets—as we’re preparing to do at 24 sites in and around Chicago starting July 10.
But in this post I’d like to focus on another objection that I must admit I find it hard to get my head around. Namely, the charge that showing abortion victim photos in public is uncharitable — and yea, even un-Christian—especially because of the supposedly damaging effects it has on children.
Personally, I find it understandable that the average secular person might get angry upon seeing a display of pictures of abortion victims.
But I’m gobsmacked when Christians try to claim that showing the victims of abortion in an effort to awaken people’s consciences is actually contrary to our faith.
As Christians, we know that on that first Good Friday, Our Lord Jesus Christ allowed Himself to be mercilessly scourged, crowned with thorns, and forced to stumble — battered, bloodied, and grotesquely ignominious — through the streets of Jerusalem before being nailed to the Cross. It’s surely safe to assume that there were children among the crowds that day — these were public streets, after all, and the city would have been teeming with families who had come there on pilgrimage for Passover. [Continue reading …]
Eric Scheidler outside the now closed All Women’s Health abortion clinic
On Wednesday, the Pro-Life Action League took to the streets of Chicago for a “Face the Truth” Day outside three abortion clinics, bringing the reality of what abortion does to its victims into the public square.
When we reached our second site, All Women’s Health Clinic, we were shocked to find that it was closed!
Seeing “For Rent” on the door, my colleague John Jansen called the number on the sign and they confirmed that All Women’s was indeed no longer in business and the space was up for rent.
All Women’s was formerly owned and operated by abortionist Mandy Gittler, who killed young Tonya Reaves in a botched abortion in July of 2012 at Planned Parenthood in Chicago, where she also performs abortions. [Continue reading …]
This week the Pro-Life Action League published an article highlighting the latest tendency among abortion advocates to portray abortion not merely something to be tolerated, but as something “good” — or even “great.”
This new trend is due in part to a new book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, in which author Katha Pollitt laments what she calls the “awfulization” of abortion.
In a review of Pollitt’s book published earlier this week at Slate, Hanna Rosin writes:
We shouldn’t need a book explaining why abortion rights are important. We should be over that by now.
The reason we’re not, according to Pollitt, is that we have all essentially been brainwashed by a small minority of pro-life activists. Only 7 to 20 percent of Americans tell pollsters they want to totally ban abortion, but that loud minority has beaten the rest of us into submission with their fetus posters and their absolutism and their infiltration of American politics. They have landed us in the era of the “awfulization” of abortion, Pollitt writes, where even pro-choicers are “falling all over themselves” to use words like “thorny,” “vexed,” “complex,” and “difficult” instead of doing what they should be doing, which is saying out loud that abortion is a positive social good.
Did you catch that line about “fetus posters” (otherwise known as pictures of abortion victims)? The loudest cheerleaders for abortion can’t stand them precisely because they can’t deny how utterly powerful they are. [Continue reading …]
Abortion ≠ “great”
Recently on the website In These Times, writer Sady Doyle comes right out and says it: “I like abortion.”
Lest anyone think Doyle is being taken out of context, consider that the title of her article is, “Abortion Isn’t a Necessary Evil. It’s Great,” and the subtitle is, “Progressives should admit it: We like abortion.”
This comes on the heels of Janet Harris’ widely shared Washington Post column, “Stop Calling Abortion a Difficult Decision.”
To no one’s surprise, Slate (“My Year As an Abortion Doula”) and HuffPo have also recently had their own Let’s-present-abortion-as-sympathetically-as-we-possibly-can articles. And, very revealingly, America’s leading How to Get Used by a Man Manual—namely, Cosmo—has really been ratcheting up its cheerleading for abortion in 2014.
High school students see the truth about abortion on Pro-Life Action League’s Face the Truth Day Sept. 24 [Photo by John Jansen]
A crack team of pro-life activists came to Chicago’s western suburbs September 24 to take part in a Pro-Life Action League sponsored “Face the Truth” Day.
Joining some of our longtime stalwart volunteers were two first-timers, including one fellow from Texas who was visiting family in central Illinois and drove over 100 miles to be there!
Our first site was the high-traffic intersection of North Avenue and First Avenue in Melrose Park, which allowed us to show the victims of abortion to thousands of passing motorists.
We then moved on to the even busier intersection of First Avenue and Roosevelt Road in Forest Park/Maywood. At one corner of this intersection is a park managed by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC), and when we last visited this site during this year’s weeklong summer Truth Tour, we were threatened with arrest by a forest preserve police officer, who told us that demonstrations are not allowed on forest preserve property. [Continue reading …]
Facing unseasonably chilly weather for August, a group of committed pro-life activists from northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin joined us August 12 for the 11th annual “Face the Truth” Day in Rockford, Illinois.
As is the case with most days when we show pictures of abortion victims, the reactions from passersby varied considerably, ranging from sincere gratitude and praise to unhinged opposition and even violence.
Nearing the conclusion of the 90-minute stint at our first site at the intersection of Riverside Boulevard and Alpine Road, a woman pulled over her car, flagged me down, and said she wanted to thank us for being there.
She said that on one of the occasions when we had visited Rockford years ago, her best friend’s daughter—then a teenager—had seen our abortion victim signs. When she got pregnant a few years later, she said there was no way she could have an abortion, because having seen our signs years before, she knew how awful abortion was, and she made up her mind that she was not going to let that happen to her baby. [Continue reading …]