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In 2009, the New York Times photojournalism blog featured a photo exposé of the remains of aborted babies, focusing in particular on the work of our longtime friend, Dr. Monica Miller.
This was fitting, given the sheer volume of her work in the area of abortion victim photography.
In fact, if you’ve seen a picture of an abortion victim online, there’s a good chance that the photograph you saw was taken by Miller.
We’re now very pleased to tell you that in the current edition of the New Oxford Review, Dr. Miller has just published a robust and scholarly defense of the history and role of the use of graphic abortion pictures in the pro-life movement.
The article also contains a wealth of information that even many seasoned pro-lifers would be surprised to learn. For instance, in the early days of the movement, every major pro-life organization in the U.S. not only supported the use of graphic abortion images, but actually used them.
Miller makes a crucial point when she says, “Not all abortion-victim photos are equal”: [Continue reading ...]
The following is a guest blog post by Monica Migliorino Miller Ph.D., director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and author of Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars (St. Benedict Press, 2012).
On the 40th anniversary of Roe. v. Wade, Simcha Fisher posted an article at National Catholic Register online entitled “Eight Reasons Not to Use Graphic Images at the March for Life.” Simcha’s negative view of graphic images is part of a larger debate within the pro-life movement on the use of abortion victim photos, and I now offer this rebuttal.
Simcha prefaces her eight reasons by stating: “A public place is not the place to use these images — ever.” Simcha makes it clear that she does not oppose the use of graphic images in certain contexts, but she attempts to argue that they should never be used in a public forum.
Simcha contradicts her own position when she states that seeing the photos caused her to “be shaken out of a vague, fuzzy support for the pro-life cause into the realization that this is a life and death struggle — real life and real death.” If so, then why oppose the public display of the tragedy of abortion when others, too, may be shaken into the same realization? Here are Simcha’s reasons and my response to them. [Continue reading ...]
At prayer vigil in Auburn Hills, MI, July 28 (from left): Doug Ritter, PLAL National Director Joe Scheidler, Monica Miller, Judy Parran, and Lynn Mills
Eleven months ago, 400 pro-life activists gathered in front of an empty building in Auburn Hills, Michigan to protest Planned Parenthood’s plan to use the building for an abortion clinic. Meanwhile, pleadings with the owners of the property resulted in a judgment that the building would not go to Planned Parenthood. This called for a celebration.
On Saturday July 28, I joined a party at the Comfort Inn, whose owners cooperated in keeping the abortion clinic out of the neighborhood.
Monica Miller, who led in the effort to frustrate Planned Parenthood efforts to obtain the site, held a victory rally in front of the empty building. I was one of twelve speakers at the rally, at which there was singing and several sermons. We also witnessed a surprise appearance of a score of the Crusaders for Life, with their trademark yellow “LIFE” balloons. [Continue reading ...]
Among pro-life activists, there is perhaps no one for whom the Pro-Life Action League has more respect than Dr. Monica Miller, the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society.
Since 1976, Monica has done it all: sidewalk counseling, organizing sit-ins at abortion clinics, getting arrested, leading protests and “Face the Truth” tours, and retrieving the bodies of thousands of aborted babies from dumpsters and giving them a proper burial—just to name a few.
We’re very happy to announce that her new book, Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars, is now available for pre-order at a 35% discount.
Here’s a poignant excerpt from Abandoned to whet your appetite:
One Saturday afternoon I was actually overcome with this sense of being different.
I had just returned to my Rogers Park apartment after sidewalk-counseling at Albany. It had been a hard morning. Out on the sidewalk Donna and I had spoken to a woman for over 20 minutes and she agreed with everything we said. She agreed the unborn baby was human, and that the baby had a right to live. She even agreed that abortion was a sin, but in the end she went into the clinic. [Continue reading ...]
The arrest of Tracy and Jean Chase, two of the “ND 88″ at Notre Dame, May 17, 2009 [Photo by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society]
We were happy to receive word today that all charges have been dropped against the group nicknamed the “ND 88,” who were arrested when President Obama came to give the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame on May 17, 2009.
When President Obama was announced on as the Notre Dame commencement speaker in March 2009, pro-life groups across the nation, starting with the Pro-Life Action League League, denounced the invitation. Protests soon began, and the League erected billboards along the Indiana Toll Road decrying Obama’s “pro abortion choice” stance.
Commencement Day, May 17, was met with huge protests, with the League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society busing in hundreds of activists to hold graphic abortion signs and picket signs with the message Obama = Abortion.
As part of the protests that day and in the weeks before, 88 individuals decided to engage in civil disobedience, protesting onto the grounds on the University in protest, in defiance of Notre Dame police orders. They were arrested and charged with trespassing. [Continue reading ...]