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.

6 weeks
6 weeks
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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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Sarah Weddington: Pro-Choice activists have no visuals to rival pro-lifers

Pro-abortion attorney Sarah Weddington, who successfully argued Roe vs. Wade before the Supreme Court, says in her book that the pro-choice movement had nothing powerful enough to counter the pictures of aborted babies that pro-life activists show:

“Pro-choice groups such as NARAL worried about the tactics of the opposition; according to one NARAL mailing, “Rational arguments have limited impact against the opposition’s emotional frenzy. It is time to meet shock with shock.” But advocates of choice never came up with symbols as powerful as the opposition’s.”

Sarah Weddington A Question of Choice (New York: The Feminist Press, 2013 ed.) 192

She is really saying that the emotional impact of pictures of aborted babies is powerful and hard for pro-choicers to argue against. Although pro-choicers claim they are using “rational arguments” all the rational-sounding, euphemistic words that pro-choicers use to deny the true nature of abortion are ineffective against the reality shown in the photos.

Pro-choicers have no visual aides as striking as what pro-lifers can show. They have no good visual rebuttal to the photos and can only accuse people who show them of engaging in an “emotional frenzy.”

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Pro-Choice feminist writes about technology

Pro-Choice feminist Kathleen McDonnell wrote in her book on abortion:

“… Developments in medical technology are radically changing the nature of the abortion debate. Our expanding knowledge of fetal physiology and psychology makes it more and more difficult to simply dismiss the fetus in the abortion discussion. The fetus is literally becoming a “patient” while still in the womb, the recipient of surgery and other therapeutic techniques at gestational ages well before the cut off point for abortion.”

Kathleen McDonnell Not an Easy Choice: Re-Examining Abortion (Canada: Second Story Press, 2003) 24


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NARAL president: technology makes people think of the baby as a human being

Kate Michelman, former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, an organization dedicated to fighting laws against abortion:

“Technology has clearly helped to define how people think about a fetus as a full, breathing human being.”

Sarah Kliff “Remember Roe!” Newsweek April 16, 2010

9-10 week preborn baby. Being able to see preborn children like this, made possible by current technology, has made the pro-choice stand harder to defend.
9-10 week preborn baby.
Being able to see preborn children like this, made possible by current technology, has made the pro-choice stand harder to defend.
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