Pro-Abortion activist complains about fetal imagery

Irish pro-abortion activist Ursula Barry wrote:

“It is worth posing the question of whether the widespread use and normalizing of foetal imaging, made possible by scanning technology, has in practice fed into the ideology of foetal rights?

Taken together, the combined impact of the development of imagery is closely linked to the strength of foetal rights ideology.… In an important sense, technology has been used to bolster the case for regarding the foetus as independent of the mother.”

Ursula Barry “Discourses on Foetal Rights and Women’s Embodiment” Aideena Quilty, Sinead Kennedy and Catherine Conlon The Abortion Papers Ireland: Volume 2  (Togher, Cork: Attic Press, 2015) 122

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Researcher: Graphic photos of preborn babies are the “Achilles Heel” of pro-choice laws

In his book about abortion, Gene Burns wrote:

“Even those who do not accept that babies are killed during abortions know that, politically, graphic images of fetuses that bring to mind babies are the Achilles’ heel of attempts to liberalize abortion laws. To the extent that there is discomfort with abortion among the general population, concerns about the relationship of abortion to babies is clearly the reason.”

Gene Burns The Moral Veto: Framing Contraception, Abortion, and Cultural Pluralism in the United States (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005) 24

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Sarah Weddington calls pictures of abortion victims “grotesque and misleading”

In her pro-choice book, Sarah Weddington, who argued Roe V Wade before the Supreme Court, complained about pro-lifers using photographs of aborted babies. She claims that pro-choicers had photographs of women who died after illegal abortions but chose not to use them. Weddington says:

“We expected the antiabortionists to use grotesque and misleading photographs; they usually did. Some on our side felt we should show graphically the problems that resulted when abortion was illegal. Others argued that we would be sinking to the level of the opposition – a level we disdained – if we did the same. We decided to use reason instead of the pictures.”

Sarah Weddington A Question of Choice (New York: The Feminist Press, 2013 ed.) 86

Setting aside the question of how a photograph depicting reality can be misleading, if the pictures are so “grotesque”, it only means that abortion itself is grotesque. The pictures are an accurate representation of what happens in an abortion. If she thinks the pictures are grotesque, she thinks that abortion is grotesque. But she still supports it.

See some of the pictures of aborted babies

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Pro-choice author: Scientific advances helped pro-life movement

A  pro-abortion writer wrote the following in Time magazine:

“The antiabortion cause has been aided by scientific advances that have complicated American attitudes about abortion. Prenatal ultrasound, which has allowed the general public to see fetuses inside the womb and understand that they have a human shape beginning around eight weeks into pregnancy, became widespread in the 1980s, and some babies born as early as 24 weeks can now survive.”

Kate Pickert “What Choice? Abortion-rights activists won an epic victory in Roe v. Wade. They’ve been losing ever since” Time Jan. 14, 2013

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Pro-Choice columnist: ultrasound makes pro-choicers squirm

Pro-Choice columnist William Saletan wrote:

“Pro-lifers are often caricatured as stupid creationists who just want to put women back in their place. Science and free inquiry are supposed to help them get over their “love affair with the fetus.” But science hasn’t cooperated. Ultrasound has exposed the life in the womb to those of us who didn’t want to see what abortion kills. The fetus is squirming, and so are we.”

On laws requiring ultrasound before abortion:

“Critics complain that these bills seek to “bias,” “coerce,” and “guilt-trip” women. Come on. Women aren’t too weak to face the truth. If you don’t want to look at the video, you don’t have to. But you should look at it, and so should the guy who got you pregnant, because the decision you’re about to make is as grave as it gets…

Come on. Women aren’t too weak to face the truth. …

Are ultrasound pushers trying to bias your decision? Of course. But of all the things they do to “inform” your decision, this is the least twisted…The image on the monitor may look like a blob, a baby, or neither. It certainly won’t follow some senator’s script. All it will show you is the truth.”

William Saletan “Sex, Life, and Videotape” Slate APRIL 28 2007

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Writer calls aborted baby photos the “Achilles Heel” of the pro-abortion movement

From author Gene Burns:

“Even those who do not accept that babies are killed during abortions know that, politically, graphic images of fetuses that bring to mind babies are the Achilles’ heel of attempts to liberalize abortion laws. To the extent that there is discomfort with abortion among the general population, concerns about the relationship of abortion to babies is clearly the reason.”

Gene Burns The Moral Veto: Framing Contraception, Abortion, and Cultural Pluralism in the United States (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005) 24

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Abortion clinic worker prefers never to look at aborted babies

In an interview, an abortion clinic worker from Paris who counsels women before their abortions, explains that she never looks at the aborted babies. She says:

“As for me, I never wanted to see it. I prefer not to look, otherwise it’s not going to help me listen to the women.”

Luc Boltanski The Foetal Condition: A Sociology of Engendering and Abortion (Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2013) 149

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Pro-Choicer compares aborted baby to unwanted puppy

A pro-abortion writer tries to explain why pictures of aborted babies generate so much sympathy for preborn babies:

“The story and reasons of the aborting women unknown, the fetus found in a plastic bag in a dumpster is seen to be as alone and abandoned as a half- grown Christmas puppy.”

Leslie Cannold The Abortion Myth (Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 1998) 36

16 weeks in the womb
16 weeks in the womb
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Pro-Choice author: Pictures are “vital tool” for pro-lifers

Pro-Abortion author Judith Orr  writes:

“The use of new technology to view a developing embryo and foetus has become a vital tool for the antiabortion lobby – and not just in pickets outside clinics, with their giant posters. For example, the antiabortion calls for mandatory viewing of ultrasound images of their pregnancy for women requesting abortion, and supposedly “4D” videos of foetus are used [sic] to build opposition to abortion.”

Judith Orr Abortion Wars: The Fight for Reproductive Rights (Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2017) 91

Even pro-choice people acknowledge that pictures like the one below are powerful pro-life tools.

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Abortionist gives reason why the pro-life movement is successful

Pro-choice activist Judith Arcana, who has performed abortions, gave the reasons why she thinks the pro-life movement has been so successful in the US. This is one of the reasons she mentioned:

“Third, there is science, the technology of pregnancy. People can now make fetuses live, keep them alive outside of a woman’s body, from far earlier in pregnancy than was ever imagined by us, thirty years ago. Rapidly changes in medical technology have changed pregnancy utterly. We can now watch babies growing, virtually from the beginning of pregnancy, throughout their development; one result of this is that women relate to the fetus quite differently – primarily after the third or fourth month of course…

Judith Arcana ““Feminist politics and abortion in the US,”  Psychology and Reproductive Choice

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sonogram of baby at 22 weeks
sonogram of baby at 22 weeks
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