This month, we launched HUMAN, our powerful new initiative which aims to refocus the abortion debate by pointing out that the humanity, and the human rights, of the preborn child cannot be denied. The media, and a host of well-funded abortion campaigners, have done their best to frame the abortion debate so that the preborn baby is ignored, and the baby’s humanity is never acknowledged. Our HUMAN campaign is changing that, using a grassroots campaigns and social media to bypass that media bias, and to refocus the debate.
This week, the Irish Times – which is well known for rarely allowing any pro-life opinion to be expressed in its newspaper- ran a fascinating op-ed by Irish filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney regarding the reality of abortion and their upcoming movie on abortionist Kermit Gosnell. The couple admitted that they were initially fairly disinterested in the issue of abortion but that their experience making a feature film on the notorious American abortionist Kermit Gosnell dramatically changed their perspective.
It’s the most hope-filled thing in the word: hearing small children tell you that they dream of being a teacher or a superhero. It brings out the best in all of us too, as we work to make sure children get a chance to grow up and achieve their dreams. Or even grow up to experience the things that make our own life memories: sandcastles and ice-cream, swings in the park, hugs and laughter, love and hope. A chance to know the world, to live their lives, a chance to grow up. Every child has a right to that chance. That right begins in the womb, where we all began. That’s why the right to life of every baby can’t be taken away as a matter of ‘choice’. Abortion robs a child of the chance to have aspirations and dreams. Abortion destroys their future. It robs them of their life. It robs them of their chance to make their way in society, to make valid choices, to make the world a better place.
We’ve all heard the claim that legalising abortion is just about giving women a ‘choice’. But our choices should not destroy someone else’s life. Abortion doesn’t help women: it’s a medieval answer to a crisis pregnancy. And it takes the life of a child. That’s the reality of the ‘freedom of choice’ rhetoric.