A Tale of Two Images
Like it or not, this month (Jan. 22) marks the 40th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision known as Roe v. Wade. To mark it, TIME magazine is going to be running this cover and cover story. (H/T Althouse)
The pro-life cause has been winning the abortion war, in part, because it has pursued an organized and well-executed strategy. But public opinion is also increasingly on their side. Thanks to prenatal ultrasound and advanced neonatology, Americans now understand what a fetus looks like and that babies born as early as 24 weeks can now survive. Although three-quarters of Americans believe abortion should be legal in some or all cases, most support state laws regulating the procedure and fewer and fewer are identifying themselves as “pro-choice” in public opinion surveys.
Images you say? You mean images like this?
That image is from an Arizona couple, which during the birth of their third child (and first daughter) via C-section, the little girl — technically not yet legally “born” — reached her hand out and grabbed the surgeon. Less than a minute later, she was outside the womb.
“The doctor called me over and said, ‘Hey, she’s grabbing my finger.’ So I ran over there and just grabbed the shot and I was just in awe looking at it. It was such an amazing picture,” Randy Atkins told the website AZFamily.com. The Phoenix-based Atkins and his wife Alicia shared the incredible photo on Facebook the day after Christmas. Soon after the image was shared by hundreds and viewed by more than 10,000 users, making it the first and most unexpected viral baby photo of 2013.
“We didn’t think we were going to get such positive feedback. We thought we would get more negative ‘that’s disgusting…’” Alicia remarked. “[Instead] everybody just thought it was the best thing in the world.”
Not surprisingly, the Atkins’ family photo has since become a favorite of various state Right to Life groups.
Which brings us back to the power of images. What is TIME and various pro-abortion groups showing they want to save with their image? In the end, a medical procedure. That might sound harsh, but it’s true.
What are pro-life groups showing they want to save with their image? A human life.
And 40 years later, the media wonders why “the forces of pro-choice” are losing?