by Kristina Garza, Campus Outreach Director
Of late, there has been much debate about the effectiveness of using images of abortion victims in the public forum. I tend to stay out of these conversations, preferring instead to effectively use the images, rather than pontificate about the effectiveness of using them, but a recent blog post about the matter has caught my attention.
While it might be appropriate to address this type of contradictory observation (from Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic blogger) with a philosophical explanation of the effectiveness of using images of the victims to change public opinion about abortion, as more learned activists than myself, like my teammate has done or this activist has done , I invite Mr. Barnes and other skeptics to join the Survivors Campus Outreach Team for just two weeks.
They might see students respond in such a way as this:
or have a conversation that looks like this:
The fact of the matter is that, yes, using photos of abortion victims to change public opinion is extreme, radical, and makes us uncomfortable. In a perfect world, we would not have to use the images of the victims. In a perfect world, the images wouldn’t even exist because abortion wouldn’t exist. However, we do not live in a perfect world. We live in the real world. Abortion claims 3,500 American lives every day in the real world. Showing the past victims of this genocide is saving lives now, and will save lives in the future, in the real world. Every semester, students thank the Campus Outreach Team for our public witness because an image of an abortion victim convinced their mothers to choose life for their children.
If you are interested in ending abortion in the real world, then apply to join the Campus Outreach Team today. We are extreme, radical, unapologetic, and try to make our society uncomfortable about the fact that babies are legally killed in our country. We are faithful to God, who tells us to “Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow” (Is 1:17b). I am looking for young people who are not just passionate, but are radical for the sake of justice. APPLY NOW or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to know more.