The following comes from an Oct. 4 email from Citizens for a Pro-Life Society
The use of graphic images of abortion victims in pro-life work has in more recent decades become a point of conflict and debate within the pro-life movement itself, especially the public display of such images.
Your CPLS director, as most of you know, believes very strongly that photos of abortion victims play a vital role in the efforts of the right-to-life movement to establish respect for the lives of the unborn and abolish the injustice of abortion.
Indeed, I have taken hundreds of these photos myself—of babies that we actually retrieved from dumpsters and trash bins over these many years. A link to a website dedicated to this photography is at the end of this memo.
Here’s what you will find in the article:
1) History of the use of these images in the pro-life movement
2) Summary of the recent debate
3) Responses to the objections as to their use
4) Why we need to stop using the term “graphic images” and instead use the term “abortion victim photos”
6) The ethics of abortion victim photography
7) When and where to use the photos
I am hoping to make a serious contribution to this discussion.
I encourage you to read my article—and I welcome your feedback. All you have to do is reply to this email. Or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Let’s get the discussion going!
By Monica Migliorino Miller
The Nazi Holocaust ended nearly seventy years ago. Yet, despite the overwhelming evidence of the systematic extermination of European Jews, there are those who deny that these atrocities actually occurred. Much, if not all, of such denial is motivated by a politically or philosophically based anti-Semitism. In other words, refusal to acknowledge the Third Reich’s Final Solution is fueled by an ideology of hate, fear, and distrust of the Jews.
One of the most important rebuttals to Holocaust denial is the photographic record of its victims. This record, both still photos and film, was used to great effect by the prosecutors in the 1945 Nuremberg trials. Consider this quote below from the website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:
“In addition to official photography and films produced at the behest of the Nazi state, German soldiers and police took numerous photographs and film footage of German operations against Jews and other civilians. They documented the public humiliation of Jews, their deportation, mass murder, and confinement in concentration camps. This became powerful visual evidence of Nazi war crimes submitted at Nuremberg.
“Further visual documentation came from the U.S. Army Signal Corps, which, in the course of photographing and filming American operations in World War II, also played a crucial role in documenting evidence of Nazi atrocities and the Holocaust…. A number of these images were later transmitted to news agencies in the United States and other countries, where they helped to inform the world about the horrors of Nazism and the plight of concentration camp prisoners.
“On November 29, 1945, the IMT prosecution introduced an hour-long film titled “The Nazi Concentration Camps.” When the lights came up in the Palace of Justice all assembled sat in silence. The human impact of this visual evidence was a turning point in the Nuremberg trial. It brought the Holocaust into the courtroom.”
U.S. chief prosecutor Robert Jackson believed that “unless record was made…future generations would not believe how horrible the truth was.”
January 22, 2013, marked the fortieth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which has resulted in over fifty-four million abortions. Not unlike those who deny the Holocaust, the vast majority of Americans remain oblivious to the nature of abortion. Indeed, there is a concerted effort among those who advocate legal abortion, as well as those who simply do not wish to be bothered about the issue, to deny that any real human victims perish when abortions are performed.
Notice how the mainstream media essentially ignored the trial of Kermit Gosnell, convicted in May 2013 of the murder of 2nd and 3rd trimester babies born alive from his botched abortion procedures. In the Nuremberg trials, thousands of documents were retrieved and cataloged as evidence used to convict the Nazi collaborators — but it was the photographic evidence of concentration-camp atrocities that moved the court to “silence.” Why? Because nothing more needed to be said.
Continue reading full article here.
The entire article will also be available at: www.prolifesociety.com
See: www.imagesofabortion.com for videos and galleries of abortion victim photos for use in pro-life work