The pro-life movement has a bad habit of gunning for shock-value in their advertising and viral video production…but all the pictures of the remains of an aborted baby or the footage of ultrasounds during dilation and curettage and especially during later term abortions are depicting an ugly truth in an insensitive way (that’s bad, in case you missed my meaning), whereas this video:
http://www.lifenews.com/2013/07/07/michigan-college-student-wins-national-pro-life-video-contest/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lifenews%2Fnewsfeed+%28LifeNews.com%29 (click through to the youtube and judge for yourself)
…is manipulative on a whole ‘nother level. I get a gut-twisting pain when I see children being asked to be the faces of political campaigns. That should never…ever…EVER happen. We are all ready to lambaste Organizing for America for its rallies full of children waving signs for Obama or the corrupt teachers’ unions for their propagandizing of the 2008 election using the children in their protection…so why do we praise the misuse of children in a pro-life video that won awards? Just because it’s effective doesn’t mean we should do it.
Not to mention the fact that the studies show that would-be mothers who elected abortion generally feel an overwhelming sense of RELIEF in the first two years…not the horrifying nightmare of never-ending guilt portrayed in the video. I’m as pro-life as anyone I know, but we have to tell the truth. And the truth is that the guilt associated with abortions tends to arrive later…tends to creep in under the surface. That isn’t our best angle…we need to stick to the undeniable facts. It’s undeniably true that there are health risks…severe ones…associated with abortions. It’s undeniably true that abortions tend to be predominantly carried out by the people our society is supposed to be HELPING – minorities, the poor, and the young. It’s undeniably true that abortion destroys an innocent life with all of the necessary blueprint materials to be a person who would have the right to live the moment they were born. And it’s undeniably true that when we are confronted with the humanizing aspects of our fetuses, as in the previous ad I mentioned here, we INSTINCTIVELY react with horror at the thought of killing them. Beyond that…it’s undeniably true that Planned Parenthood lies to or obscures the truth from its customers on a routine basis, that they are not generally staffed with medical doctors with surgical privileges, and that they don’t allow their employees to refer to the fetus as a baby because it statistically significantly lowers the odds that the would-be customer will opt for an abortion. It is undeniably true that PP claims to be about women’s health services when, in fact, they offer NOTHING related to women’s health other than basic consultation, pap smears, and abortion service. For anything else, they refer you to real doctors. Those are the things that we need to stay focused on. We can’t get sucked into playing cheap psychological games and distorting the truth to sell our message.