Planned Parenthood Official Upset by New Technology

Pro-life writer William Brennan wrote:

“At a National Abortion Federation meeting in May 1982, Alfred Moran, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood of New York, warned his cohorts that “we are prepared to begin to recognize that technology and medical sciences and perceptions of fetal viability are radically changing in our society.” He was particularly horrified by the consequences of the new life – enhancing fetal technology – “we begin to see the fetus as a patient, which tends to personalize it” – for jeopardizing the right to abort. He even went so far as to rate technological changes designed to aid the unborn as “more powerful” than legislative attempts to outlaw abortion “because they are human personifications.”

William Brennan The Abortion Holocaust: Today’s Final Solution (St. Louis, Missouri, 1983) 181, cites

“Technological Advances to make Pro-Abortion Position Tougher, Planned Parenthood Official Tells National Abortion Federation” National Right to Life News October 14, 1982, P8

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Head of abortion clinic chain: Fetal pictures make us “apologetic”

A pro-lifer who infiltrated an abortion conference quoted Ann Furedi, head of the largest chain of abortion clinics in England. She is CEO of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, which provides about one quarter of all British abortions and specializes in late-term abortion :

Having to contend with “all those Lennart Nilsson photos of a 17 week-old fetus sucking its thumb,” has made abortion activists like us “necessarily a little bit apologetic. It’s not surprising that a lot of young people are not enthusiastic about abortion. They’re not enthusiastic about killing unborn babies….

For far too long, said Furendi, the abortion movement has let religious anti-choice extremists dictate the agenda. But now the time is ripe to claim that “abortion is right.”……

“We need to claim the moral high ground. We cannot have equality if we are constantly victims of our own fertility. A woman is not just a vehicle for pregnancy. I respect human life but there are elements of human life that make us people…personal autonomy, decision-making…bodily integrity. It is morally reprehensible to deny this capacity for choice and decision making.”…

What’s more, [Furedi] went on, it hasn’t helped that “most women who come to our clinics are there because they are in personal need, not because they are pro-choice.”

Undercover Reporter Infiltrates World Abortion Biz Conference LifeNews OCT 29, 2012

16 weeks. Pictures like this one make abortionists "apologetic"
16 weeks. Pictures like this one make abortionists “apologetic”
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Author comments on pictures of unborn babies

Pro-choice author, on pictures of babies in the womb:

“Many women feel deprived by the fact that such images were not in circulation at the time when they aborted, others find that fact to be a source of relief.”

Eva Pattis Zoja Abortion: Loss and Renewal in the Search for Identity (London: Routledge, 1997) 72-73

16 weeks
16 weeks
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Pro-choicer: Abortion pictures humanize the unborn

“The entire pro-life movement has made substantial gains in humanizing a fetus at every stage of pregnancy and helping to establish personal rights for the unborn. Enlarged pictures of aborted fetuses and other graphic illustrations are commonly displayed at protests and may help contribute to a changing, more humanized, conceptualization of a fetus and in turn help sway public approval against the permissibility of using elective abortion services to resolve unwanted pregnancies.”

Alesha E Doan Opposition & Intimidation: The Abortion Wars and Strategies of Political Harassment (Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Of Michigan Press, 2010) 161
weeks54She is referring to pictures like this one ,the arm and hand of a baby aborted at 9 weeks


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Pro-choice group: photos of aborted babies are “hilarious”

“Warning: lots of fake blood and phoney [sic] photos — if you can’t stomach Grade B horror movies, don’t go there. Otherwise, it’s hilarious!”

Pro-choice students at the Tennessee college MTSU on the Genocide Awareness Campaign. which displays photos of aborted babies on college campuses.

Tennessee Guerilla Women “Pro-Choice MTSU Students Stand Up for Abortion Rights in Tennessee” September 11, 2007

One of GAP's signs
One of GAP’s signs
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Pro-choice politicians in Virginia horrified by fetal models

Pro-choice politicians in Virginia were up in arms after Republican delegate Richard Black mailed models of unborn babies like the one below to them. A paper was included in the mailing that said “This is the size and shape of an actual first-trimester baby. Abortionists kill most babies at this stage of development.” According to the article in The Virginian – Pilot:fetal model

Senate Minority Leader Richard Saslaw of Fairfax County said [it] was one of the most inappropriate things he has seen in his 23 years in the Senate.

“Quite frankly, the people who saw this were pretty repulsed by it,” he said.

It’s not surprising that pro-choice politicians, whose decisions condemned thousands of unborn babies to a violent death every year, were “repulsed” at seeing a depiction of an unborn baby. Another lawmaker, Sen. Leslie Byrne, D-Fairfax County, said:

“It shocked me …It hurts the decorum of the General Assembly”

JUSTIN BERGMAN  “Republican sends Senate members plastic fetus doll” Virginian-Pilot 2/5/2003

Actually, I was unable to determine which fetal model was distributed. It may have been the one above, or it may have been a slightly different one. But the article makes it clear that pro-choicers are horrified when confronted with the reality that they support killing babies. You can see more fetal models or purchase them here. 

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Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights publication comments on pictures of aborted babies

From a publication of the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights, on pictures of aborted babies:

You’ve probably seen the garish brochures that anti-choice organizations hand out. The pictures in those brochures are designed to shock you and they do! They are designed to keep you from thinking seriously about the real issue. Sadly, they often do. THE REAL ISSUE IS FREEDOM!

‘Religious’ Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR) brochure entitled “RCAR has no pictures in this brochure. You can’t take a picture of freedom.”

The pro-choice group is attempting to dodge the issue. Pictures of aborted babies, like the one below, show the humanity of the unborn child.

From A baby aborted at 10 weeks.
From A baby aborted at 10 weeks.
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Naomi Wolf takes pro-choicers to task for trying to discredit pro-life pictures

Pro-choice groups and individuals often try to discredit the pictures that pro-lifers show of mutilated children who were aborted. Naomi Wolf, a pro-choice feminist, admits that the pictures are real and takes other feminists to task for trying to discredit them:

“To many pro-choice advocates, the imagery is revolting propaganda. There is a sense among us, let us be frank, that the gruesomeness of the imagery belongs to the pro-lifers… that it represents the violence of imaginations that would, given half a chance, turn our world into a scary, repressive place. “People like us” see such material as the pornography of the pro-life movement. But feminism at its best is based on what is simply true…. While images of violent fetal death work magnificently for pro-lifers as political polemic, the pictures are not polemical in themselves: they are biological facts. We know this.”

Naomi Wolf, “Our Bodies, Our Souls,” The New Republic, October 16, 1995

She is referring to pictures like the one below, which shows part of the remains a seven-week-old aborted child. These pictures are difficult to look at, but of one many people over to the pro-life movement. And even pro-choice activists to of seen them and dismiss them cannot deny their effectiveness.

abortion at 7 weeks
abortion at 7 weeks
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Some pro-choice advocates refuse to debate pro-lifers unless they don’t show pictures

A pro-life educator said the following:

“Some abortion advocates refuse to participate in debates with pro-life representatives unless the pro-life side is prohibited from showing any pictures either of fetal development or the results of abortions.”

Camille S Williams “Feminism and Imaging the Unborn” in Brad Stetson, editor The Silent Subject: Reflections on the Unborn in American Culture (Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 1996) 69

some pro-choice publications give these very instructions and so do others.  Read more about pro-choice responses to abortoin pictures here. 

Unborn baby at only 6 weeks
at 8 weeks
Unborn baby hand at 12 weeks


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Pro-choicer: Ultrasound pictures represent ‘unhealthy preoccupation”

In a PBS discussion, one pro-choice panelist said that ultrasound pictures represented:

“an unhealthy preoccupation with the baby.”

Oregon Public Broadcasting, “To the Contrary,” former Clinton administration staffer Maria Echaveste, et al., January 4, 2004 Quoted in

Randy Alcorn Why Pro-Life? Caring for the Unborn and Their Mothers (Hendrickson Publishers, 2011)

Pro-lifers have a “preoccupation with the baby” because the baby is the one being killed in an abortion.

From an abortion at 10 weeks
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