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.
Every day we make choices. Some choices don’t really affect anything in our lives, while others have the capacity to shift our life in a whole new direction Gimme Shelter is all about the choices we make. The film starts off with Vanessa Hudgens standing in a bathroom, chopping off her hair saying, “I’m not scared. I can do this. I’m okay.” This scene is only the beginning of Hudgens’ most breath-taking and honest performance to date. In Gimme Shelter, Hudgens plays a 16-year-old girl who is bound by the confines of her drug-addicted mother, played by Rosario Dawson. Hudgens’ character “Agnes”, who wants to be referred to as “Apple”, says, “By the time I was twelve, I was in my tenth foster home.” She was abused “in the system” and wanted to find a way out.
Regardless of where you stand in the debate about same-sex marriage, there’s a very obvious irony in seeing abortion advocates like Ivana Bacik and Aodhán Ó Riordáin coming out with all guns blazing about free speech on this issue. Bacik said last weekend that it was “important that we engage in this debate (on same-sex marriage) in a fair and reasoned manner, that we don’t engage in a way that censors debate.”
Irish abortion campaigners are currently in a tizzy about a new pro-life awareness campaign produced by Youth Defence and the Life Institute. They’re orchestrating complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority and issuing press statements describing pro-life billboards as ‘offensive’. So far, so predictable; though it’s always ironic to see just how intolerant of free speech these self-styled liberals and left-wing activists are.