I have long been dismayed by the use of graphic images of babies mutilated, torn apart, and bloodied as part of the pro-life movement.
Having worked with women who have had abortions and deeply regretted it, as well as having friends that have also had abortions- I know that this kind of graphic depictions can be very upsetting, resulting in nightmares and a return of guilt and shame even in cases where they have sought and received forgiveness in Christ.
LifeSiteNews.com recently posted a story criticizing a denomination for its pro-choice stance as well as a video of pro-life protestors outside of a church on Sunday morning with these awful graphic images on huge signs.
I am not saying that the images do not depict reality- in fact, I am sure that they do.
The thought that immediately crossed my mind was- how would I feel if they were outside my church? I realized, I would be upset.
That would be so upsetting to my children to see-do we consider how these graphic images might affect an innocent mind?
I don’t think my children need to understand the ins and outs of abortion yet. I don’t want to have to explain those graphic and distressing pictures.
In fact, truth be told, I don’t think the pro-life movement should use those pictures at all.
I wish that we would focus our energies on supporting crisis pregnancy centers in our local areas, educate ourselves about abortion and have conversations with people about it- at work, at our churches, at schools, in our neighborhoods.
Take responsibility to be a voice, pray for women who are going into the abortion clinic, offer to talk to them- shower them with love- but don’t shove graphic signs in their face. Please- don’t do that.
Because if they regret the abortion later- might they possibly be reluctant to go back to those people who were holding graphic signs and yelling “Abortion is Murder” for help?
If we really value life, that means every life- the life of the mother too.
Do we want to alienate her by using emotionally traumatic/disturbing images and phrases while at the same time we profess to love her unborn baby?
As Christians- does our love only extend to that baby growing in the womb- or does it also reach out in compassion and love to a woman facing stressful and life-altering circumstances?
While still considering how we may reach out in love to these women- let’s reflect on what True Love looks like:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.
I believe we can speak the truth in love while seeking to prevent a mother from having an abortion. We can reveal churches who have caved to political pressure and are not strong in their pro-life stance without standing outside their doors on Sunday mornings with graphic signs.
Let us consider how Christ would go about reaching out to these women- and pray for discernment to honor Him in the way that we defend and advertise our views.
Note: LifeSiteNews.com does a fantastic job in many respects of defending life- and spurring on the pro-life movement. I believe this article was a rare misstep on their part.