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My friend Tom Herring of the Anti-Choice Project (ACP) gave an outstanding interview yesterday to KIRO radio in Seattle about his group’s visit to Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington. ACP volunteers brought a display of abortion victim photos to the school after learning that school officials had ordered the remove of some posters put up by the campus pro-life group.
In his interview with host Jason Rantz, Tom articulately defended the public display of abortion victim photos:
There are certain evils, words simply fail us when we try to communicate the gravity of the evil. So for example, I think the Holocaust itself would be an example of something that, if we were to limit ourselves to words to describe it, we would be doing an injustice to what actually happened.
In the same way, we use these pictures to show the true reality, the nature of what abortion does to a baby.
I was particularly impressed with Tom’s response to an objection often raised about these pictures: the mere fact that they upset people doesn’t mean that what they depict is wrong. [Continue reading ...]
The Guttmacher Institute released a study [PDF] earlier this week revealing that the abortion rate in the U.S. has continued to decline in recent years and is now at a level not seen since the 1970s.
And as the Pro-Life Action League’s Matt Yonke pointed out in an article published on Monday, Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers continued going up during this same time period, giving the nation’s largest abortion chain an ever greater share of the industry.
National Right to Life published its own analysis of the study, which observed that the stridently “pro-choice” Guttmacher Institute, not surprisingly, “downplayed the role that public debate over the rights of unborn children have played in this trend.”
In its analysis, NRLC notes that in the study, Guttmacher:
…cites the state of Illinois, which saw an 18% decline in abortion numbers even though the state didn’t enact any pro-life legislation during period covered by the report. This neglects, however, that the state’s parental notice law, which had been enjoined since its passage in 1995, was once again in the news in 2009 and 2010 – precisely during the study period – and again prompted a public discussion and debate [about] parental involvement in a minor daughter’s abortion decision.
Surely, the public policy debate surrounding Illinois’ parental notification law during this time helped to lower the state’s abortion rate.
But what else did? [Continue reading ...]
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 plainly make the observation 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 ...]
Though the notorious abortion clinic in Rockford closed over a year ago, the pro-life community there remains energized to let their community know the truth about abortion.
That’s why every year, the Pro-Life Action League is happy to partner with the Rockford Pro-Life Initiative to bring a “Face the Truth” Day to three busy intersections in Illinois’ third largest city.
Yesterday’s tour in Rockford was a great success with dozens of passionate pro-life volunteers holding signs depicting the victims of abortion along the side of the road. [Continue reading ...]
Rockford, Ill., Aug. 13, 2013—Wednesday, August 14, Face the Truth Tours will appear at busy intersections in Rockford, with pro-life advocates displaying large posters that accurately depict the graphic reality of abortion, juxtaposed with beautiful pictures of living children, both born and unborn. [Continue reading ...]
Pro-life activists take part in a 2011 Face the Truth demonstration in Rockford, Illinois [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
In early 2011, Northern Illinois Women’s Center, the notoriously creepy abortion center in Rockford, Illinois, closed its doors for good after the state found deplorable health conditions inside.
The local pro-life community was overjoyed at the victory God had granted them after many years of hard work, but even now, they’re not about to rest on their laurels.
In addition to praying and sidewalk counseling at other area abortion facilities, the pro-lifers in Illinois’ third largest city are continuing their longstanding tradition of a summer Face the Truth day, which the Pro-Life Action League will sponsor on Wednesday, August 14.
The Tour will visit three sites over the course of the day: [Continue reading ...]
Editor’s Note: The author of this article, Grant Wilson, is a summer intern with the Pro-Life Action League. He hails from Jacksonville, Illinois, and is a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
I once found a five-dollar bill. That was a good surprise. A few days later, I found that my car wouldn’t start. That was a bad surprise.
My first “Face the Truth Tour” landed somewhere in the middle. Rather than being like free money or a failing motor system—completely good or bad—spending eight days traveling all around Chicago and showing graphic abortion pictures to my fellow citizens stands somewhere in the middle as a surprisingly difficult, surprisingly revealing, and surprisingly rewarding experience.
The difficulty, I suppose, should have been expected, a natural complement to the time of year and the focus of our protest. After all, the July heat and the hatred surrounding the abortion debate are not exactly new patterns in our climate or culture. [Continue reading ...]
Chicago, July 8, 2013—With the national horror over abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s conviction for murdering babies still fresh in the public mind, a new bill banning late-term abortion having just passed in Congress, and a dramatic confrontation over abortion legislation boiling in Texas, the Pro-Life Action League hits the streets of Chicagoland to remind the public what abortion is really all about.
From July 12 through July 20, Face the Truth Tours will appear at busy intersections throughout Chicago and the suburbs, with pro-life advocates displaying large posters that accurately depict the graphic reality of abortion, juxtaposed with beautiful pictures of living children, both born and unborn. [Continue reading ...]
Next Friday, July 12, the Pro-Life Action League kicks off our 14th annual “Face the Truth” Tour across northeastern Illinois.
Since 2000, the League has conducted a week-long tour covering a huge swath of territory across the Chicagoland area. At each stop, League staff and volunteers line a busy intersection with graphic pictures of abortion to show the public the truth about this deadly procedure. Get the full Tour itinerary here. [Continue reading ...]
On our website is a page that addresses the most common objections we hear during our “Face the Truth” Tours, when we show graphic abortion pictures out on the streets—as we’re preparing to do for a week starting next Friday, July 12.
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 graphic abortion pictures 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 upset upon seeing a display of graphic abortion pictures.
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 ...]