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The Use of

The Use of

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The Use of

The Use of

The Use of

Graphic Photos of

Graphic Photos of

Graphic Photos of

Graphic Photos of

Graphic Photos of

Graphic Photos of

Graphic Photos of

Graphic Photos of

Graphic Photos of

Graphic Photos of

Aborted Children

Aborted Children

Aborted Children

Aborted Children

Aborted Children

Aborted Children

Aborted Children

Aborted Children

Aborted Children

Aborted Children

in the Public Forum

in the Public Forum

in the Public Forum

in the Public Forum

in the Public Forum

in the Public Forum

in the Public Forum

in the Public Forum

in the Public Forum

in the Public Forum

A Rational and Biblical Defense

A Rational and Biblical Defense

A Rational and Biblical Defense

A Rational and Biblical Defense

A Rational and Biblical Defense

A Rational and Biblical Defense

A Rational and Biblical Defense

A Rational and Biblical Defense

A Rational and Biblical Defense

A Rational and Biblical Defense

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any well-intentioned people have questioned theany well-intentioned people have questioned the public use of large graphic aborted baby photos by some public use of large graphic aborted baby photos by some pro-life

pro-life groups groups on ton the streets he streets of America. of America. This This paper willpaper will attempt to list the Biblical and historical precedent for s

attempt to list the Biblical and historical precedent for suchuch public displays and the observable effects produced on public displays and the observable effects produced on individuals

individuals and soand societyciety. . It wiIt will also ll also deal with deal with commonlycommonly expressed objections regarding the use of the signs in the expressed objections regarding the use of the signs in the public forum.

public forum.

Biblical and Historical Precedent

Biblical and Historical Precedent

Biblical and Historical Precedent

Biblical and Historical Precedent

Biblical and Historical Precedent

Biblical and Historical Precedent

Biblical and Historical Precedent

Biblical and Historical Precedent

Biblical and Historical Precedent

Biblical and Historical Precedent

The first Biblical example regar

The first Biblical example regarding the use of graphicding the use of graphic public

public displays displays is fois found und in in Judges Judges 19-20. 19-20. Here we Here we readread the story of a Levite who had traveled with his concubine the story of a Levite who had traveled with his concubine to Gi

to Gibeah beah in in the the land land of of Benjamin. Benjamin. Some oSome of thf the lewe lewdd Benjamites besieged the residence where

Benjamites besieged the residence where they sought refugethey sought refuge and demanded the Levite come

and demanded the Levite come out so they could sexuallyout so they could sexually abuse

abuse him. him. Instead, Instead, the the concubine, concubine, a a harlot, harlot, was was sent.sent. She was brutally and repeatedly raped throughout the night She was brutally and repeatedly raped throughout the night and died from her injuries even as she struggled back to and died from her injuries even as she struggled back to the very threshold of the home where her master was the very threshold of the home where her master was staying.

staying. The Levite The Levite took her took her body hobody home where me where he cut he cut herher into twelve pieces and sent her dismembered remains into twelve pieces and sent her dismembered remains throughout Israel as a testimony to the outrageous crime throughout Israel as a testimony to the outrageous crime committed b

committed by the y the Benjamites. Benjamites. Once the Once the assembled passembled peopleeople heard the Levite’s story they “rose as one man” (Judges heard the Levite’s story they “rose as one man” (Judges 20:8) in unity of purpose against the Benjamites where the 20:8) in unity of purpose against the Benjamites where the Lord justly gave them victory over their wicked and corrupt Lord justly gave them victory over their wicked and corrupt enemy.

enemy.

There were four noteworthy elements in

There were four noteworthy elements in this Biblicalthis Biblical account.

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• There There was was a a perceived perceived injustice injustice (in (in this this case, case, aa br

brututalal mumurdrderer).). •

• A A graphic graphic display display was was sent sent throughout throughout thethe public, which exposed the injustice.

public, which exposed the injustice. •

• The The graphic graphic display display acted acted as as a a catalystcatalyst uniting the people in purpose.

uniting the people in purpose. •

• The The united united people people were were spurred spurred to to actionaction bringing about social justice or change.

bringing about social justice or change.

This tactic has been used successfully throughout This tactic has been used successfully throughout history to bring

history to bring about a about a variety of variety of changes in societychanges in society. . OneOne such example is the story of William Wilburforce who such example is the story of William Wilburforce who labored with little fruit against slavery in England until he labored with little fruit against slavery in England until he began taking his friends to visit the actual

began taking his friends to visit the actual slave ships andslave ships and view first-hand the public mistreatment suffered by the view first-hand the public mistreatment suffered by the slaves.

slaves. His friends His friends rose up rose up “as one “as one man” and man” and began to began to actact on that knowledge, eventually bringing an end to slavery on that knowledge, eventually bringing an end to slavery in England.

in England.

More recently, graphic images from the Viet Nam More recently, graphic images from the Viet Nam W

War flooded into the ar flooded into the living rooms of Americans living rooms of Americans during theduring the nightly

nightly broadcasts broadcasts of of the the evening evening news. news. These These imagesimages sparked the anti-war movement and forever changed the sparked the anti-war movement and forever changed the way Americans view warfare.

way Americans view warfare.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often staged events for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often staged events for the benefit of the media, which inevitably ended in violence the benefit of the media, which inevitably ended in violence by wh

by whites against ites against his phis peaceful proeaceful protesters. testers. Because of Because of thisthis tactic, for which he was often criticized, all of America tactic, for which he was often criticized, all of America witnessed for the first time in public what had been witnessed for the first time in public what had been happening

happening in privin private for ate for decades. decades. King used King used the media the media toto force

force America to America to confront confront racism. racism. These These images oimages on n thethe evening news lead to a change in the

evening news lead to a change in the hearts of the peoplehearts of the people and advanced the cause of civil rights.

and advanced the cause of civil rights.

The animal rights movement has also been The animal rights movement has also been successful in furthering their cause through the use of successful in furthering their cause through the use of graphic displays.

graphic displays. TToday, people do not oday, people do not buy seal fur becausebuy seal fur because of the images of baby seals being beaten bloody by hunter of the images of baby seals being beaten bloody by hunters.s. Film of whalers

Film of whalers stripping the flesh off harpooned whalesstripping the flesh off harpooned whales

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helped lead to a moratorium on harvesting the animals. helped lead to a moratorium on harvesting the animals. Many consumers check the labels of

Many consumers check the labels of shampoos and othershampoos and other products to make sure they were not tested on animals products to make sure they were not tested on animals after viewing the pathetic pictures of test rabbits with their after viewing the pathetic pictures of test rabbits with their fur falling out. (Could it be that the pre-born children of fur falling out. (Could it be that the pre-born children of America are of less value than a seal, a whale, or even a America are of less value than a seal, a whale, or even a rabbit?)

rabbit?)

History is replete with such examples; the ultimate History is replete with such examples; the ultimate of which

of which was was employed by employed by Jesus Christ Jesus Christ Himself. Himself. He couldHe could have shed his blood in a

have shed his blood in a dungeon, out of sight and out ofdungeon, out of sight and out of mind,

mind, so so as as not not to to offend anyone’offend anyone’s s sensibisensibilities. lities. But But HeHe chose instead to allow Himself to be brutally beaten beyond chose instead to allow Himself to be brutally beaten beyond recognition, parade

recognition, paraded bloody and bruised through the streetsd bloody and bruised through the streets of a crowded Jerusalem, then hung naked on a cross for of a crowded Jerusalem, then hung naked on a cross for all the world to see, including whatever children may have all the world to see, including whatever children may have passed by

passed by. . This graphic picture of Christ’This graphic picture of Christ’s suffering for ours suffering for our sins has been a catalyst that has inspired innumerable sins has been a catalyst that has inspired innumerable people to come to

people to come to the salvation, which His public sufferingsthe salvation, which His public sufferings purchased

purchased for us. for us. Few ChristianFew Christians complain s complain of the of the graphicgraphic depiction of Christ on the cross, which is publicly displayed depiction of Christ on the cross, which is publicly displayed in so many of our churches. Those who conte

in so many of our churches. Those who contend that Christnd that Christ would never publicly display graphic material, especially in would never publicly display graphic material, especially in view of children conveniently forget this image of our view of children conveniently forget this image of our crucified Savior.

crucified Savior.

One would be hard put to find one successful

One would be hard put to find one successful socialsocial movement that did not contain the four elem

movement that did not contain the four elements of Judgesents of Judges 19-20.

19-20.

Biblical Mandate

Biblical Mandate

Biblical Mandate

Biblical Mandate

Biblical Mandate

Biblical Mandate

Biblical Mandate

Biblical Mandate

Biblical Mandate

Biblical Mandate

Ephesians 5:11 states “And have no fellowship with Ephesians 5:11 states “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather ex

the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”pose them.” The large graphic photos expose the heinous truth about The large graphic photos expose the heinous truth about abortion in

abortion in an unsurpassed wayan unsurpassed way. . Unlike other modern socialUnlike other modern social movements, the media has been unwilling to take images movements, the media has been unwilling to take images of inju

of injustice against stice against the pre-bothe pre-born to rn to the pubthe public. lic. A handfulA handful of Christians have struggled one city, one neighborhood, of Christians have struggled one city, one neighborhood,

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one person at a time to expose the grim truth about the one person at a time to expose the grim truth about the plight o

plight of the pre-bf the pre-born. orn. The large gThe large graphic photoraphic photos are crucials are crucial tools, which have successfully allowed Christians to fulfill tools, which have successfully allowed Christians to fulfill the Biblical mandate to expose evil.

the Biblical mandate to expose evil.

Positive Effects

Positive Effects

Positive Effects

Positive Effects

Positive Effects

Positive Effects

Positive Effects

Positive Effects

Positive Effects

Positive Effects

A variety of things occur once the light has been A variety of things occur once the light has been shown

shown on on the the evil evil deed deed of of abortion. abortion. For For many many people,people, their

their hearts hearts are are broken. broken. Abortion Abortion supporters supporters have have beenbeen converted to

converted to the pro-lthe pro-life positionife position. . Countless labCountless laborers haveorers have been brought into the pro-life movement, spurred to action been brought into the pro-life movement, spurred to action after seeing the tiny broken bodies of abortion’s innocent after seeing the tiny broken bodies of abortion’s innocent victims.

victims. Hundreds Hundreds of of abortion-minded abortion-minded women women havehave changed their minds about killing their unborn children and changed their minds about killing their unborn children and have turned away from the abortion mills after

have turned away from the abortion mills after viewing theviewing the pictures.

pictures.

These

These trends trends are are documentable. documentable. Numbers Numbers ofof abortions are down according to statistics obtained from abortions are down according to statistics obtained from the Center for Disease Control and the Alan Guttmacher the Center for Disease Control and the Alan Guttmacher Institute.

Institute. The natioThe national abortional abortion ratio n ratio (number of (number of abortionsabortions per 1000 live births) decreased from 314 in 1996, the first per 1000 live births) decreased from 314 in 1996, the first year the large graphic photos began appearing across year the large graphic photos began appearing across America, to 305 in 1997, the lowest of any year since 1975. America, to 305 in 1997, the lowest of any year since 1975. Also in 1997, (the last year for which official statistics are Also in 1997, (the last year for which official statistics are available), the number of abortions fell to 1,184,758, a available), the number of abortions fell to 1,184,758, a decrease of 3% from 1996 and nearly 15 % from the 1990 decrease of 3% from 1996 and nearly 15 % from the 1990 figures.

figures.

Notice the significant drop in abortion statistics Notice the significant drop in abortion statistics in1997.

in1997. This This is is not not coincidental. coincidental. Several Several noteworthy noteworthy thingsthings began happening around 1996.

began happening around 1996. 1.

1. The The large large graphic graphic photos photos of of abortedaborted babies began to be used on the

babies began to be used on the public streetspublic streets of

of hundreds hundreds of of cities cities across across AmericaAmerica through

through OperatOperation ion RescueRescue’’s s “Show “Show thethe Truth” campaigns.

Truth” campaigns.

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2. Operation Operation Rescue Rescue began began displayingdisplaying the large photos at high school and college the large photos at high school and college campuses, targeting the age group of women campuses, targeting the age group of women most likely to seek an abortion.

most likely to seek an abortion. 3.

3. The paThe partial birth rtial birth abortion debate abortion debate eruptederupted in

in the the United United States States Congress. Congress. GraphicGraphic drawings of the partial birth abortion procedure drawings of the partial birth abortion procedure began to be widely publicized.

began to be widely publicized. Then, in October of 1997, the

Then, in October of 1997, the Center for Bio-EthicalCenter for Bio-Ethical Reform, led by Gregg Cunningham, began its Genocide Reform, led by Gregg Cunningham, began its Genocide Awareness Project displaying large graphic displays of Awareness Project displaying large graphic displays of aborted babies interspersed with Jewish Holocaust and aborted babies interspersed with Jewish Holocaust and racial discrimination victims on college campuses

racial discrimination victims on college campuses all overall over the

the country country with with stunningly stunningly positive positive results. results. He He reportsreports babies saved and opinions changed in favor of

babies saved and opinions changed in favor of the pro-lifethe pro-life position.

position. The correlation between the advent of severalThe correlation between the advent of severalThe correlation between the advent of severalThe correlation between the advent of severalThe correlation between the advent of severalThe correlation between the advent of severalThe correlation between the advent of severalThe correlation between the advent of severalThe correlation between the advent of severalThe correlation between the advent of several graphic display campaigns and the drop in the abortion graphic display campaigns and the drop in the abortion graphic display campaigns and the drop in the abortion graphic display campaigns and the drop in the abortiongraphic display campaigns and the drop in the abortiongraphic display campaigns and the drop in the abortion graphic display campaigns and the drop in the abortion graphic display campaigns and the drop in the abortion graphic display campaigns and the drop in the abortion graphic display campaigns and the drop in the abortion rate appears to be not coincidental, but causal!

rate appears to be not coincidental, but causal! rate appears to be not coincidental, but causal! rate appears to be not coincidental, but causal!rate appears to be not coincidental, but causal!rate appears to be not coincidental, but causal! rate appears to be not coincidental, but causal! rate appears to be not coincidental, but causal! rate appears to be not coincidental, but causal! rate appears to be not coincidental, but causal!

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Sidewalk counselors who alk counselors who display the graphic aborteddisplay the graphic aborted baby photos have observed this national trend in the San baby photos have observed this national trend in the San Diego

Diego area. area. TTracking racking changes changes since since 1991, 1991, they they reportreport decreases in the amount of traffic

decreases in the amount of traffic entering abortion clinicsentering abortion clinics as well as increases in the number of

as well as increases in the number of women who changewomen who change their minds about having an abortion whenever the graphic their minds about having an abortion whenever the graphic signs are used.

signs are used. At a

At a Family Planning Associates abortion mill onceFamily Planning Associates abortion mill once located in La Mesa, California, approximately 50 babies located in La Mesa, California, approximately 50 babies were scheduled for termination on a typical Saturday. were scheduled for termination on a typical Saturday. Without the signs, sidewalk counselors often found it difficult Without the signs, sidewalk counselors often found it difficult to keep up with the

to keep up with the volume and sometimes were forced tovolume and sometimes were forced to speak

speak with with two two to to three three women women simultaneouslysimultaneously. . TheyThey reported typically observing 25-30 women entering the reported typically observing 25-30 women entering the building over a three-hour “rush” period at the clinic when building over a three-hour “rush” period at the clinic when the majority of women arrived for their abortion the majority of women arrived for their abortion appointments.

appointments. During During times times when sewhen several veral of the of the signssigns

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were displayed, the traffic into the parking lot slowed to a were displayed, the traffic into the parking lot slowed to a trickle and sidewalk counselors observed, under those trickle and sidewalk counselors observed, under those circumstances, under ten women entering for abortions circumstances, under ten women entering for abortions during that same three-hour period.

during that same three-hour period.

Planned Parenthood has stated the fact that

Planned Parenthood has stated the fact that the signsthe signs adversely affect their abortion business in sworn court adversely affect their abortion business in sworn court documents in a case that centered on the use of graphic documents in a case that centered on the use of graphic materials in

materials in front of front of their San their San Diego facilityDiego facility. . ((Wilkerson v.Wilkerson v. Scott 

Scott San Diego Superior Court Case Number 728883)San Diego Superior Court Case Number 728883)

The San Diego sidewalk counselors have tracked The San Diego sidewalk counselors have tracked the number of babies saved from abortion through their the number of babies saved from abortion through their efforts each

efforts each year since year since 1991. 1991. In 1995In 1995, the , the year before year before thethe large graphic photo signs first appeared in San Diego

large graphic photo signs first appeared in San Diego theythey recorded eight children saved through their sidewalk recorded eight children saved through their sidewalk counseling ministry. The number of Christians regularly counseling ministry. The number of Christians regularly ministering at the clinic on a

ministering at the clinic on a monthly basis was between 5-monthly basis was between 5-10

10 individuals. individuals. Only Only one one clinic clinic had had a a regular regular pro-lifepro-life presence.

presence. The foThe following llowing yearyear, 19, 1996, 96, eleven babieleven babies werees were reported as saved from abortion, the majori

reported as saved from abortion, the majority in the secondty in the second half of th

half of the yeare year, after the , after the signs were isigns were introduced. ntroduced. In 1997,In 1997, there were about 20 babies saved and in 1998, about 30. there were about 20 babies saved and in 1998, about 30. At this same time there began to be a marked increase in At this same time there began to be a marked increase in the numbers of pro-life participants in picketing and the numbers of pro-life participants in picketing and sidew

sidewalk counselinalk counseling efforts. g efforts. In 1999In 1999, over , over 40 babies 40 babies werewere confirmed saved and sidewalk counselors were beginning confirmed saved and sidewalk counselors were beginning to cover more clinics over more days.

to cover more clinics over more days.

By 2000, the number of Christians ministering at By 2000, the number of Christians ministering at clinics in the San Diego area

clinics in the San Diego area on a monthly basis had grownon a monthly basis had grown to

to approximately 1approximately 100. 00. At least At least three clinthree clinics were ics were coveredcovered on

on a weekly a weekly or or twice weekly twice weekly basis. basis. Over 50 Over 50 babies werebabies were documented as being saved from abortion at clinics where documented as being saved from abortion at clinics where graphic

graphic signs signs were uwere used. sed. The The elements of elements of Judges Judges 19-2019-20 are evident:

are evident: 1.

1. Christians Christians have have identified identified the the injusticeinjustice of abortion.

of abortion.

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2. Graphic Graphic displays displays of of the the injustice injustice havehave been publicly introduced.

been publicly introduced. 3.

3. Christians, Christians, pricked pricked in in their their hearts hearts overover the plight of the unborn have united in purpose the plight of the unborn have united in purpose against abortion.

against abortion. 4.

4. In In increasing increasing numbers numbers Christians Christians areare taking to the streets, multiplying the effect, taking to the streets, multiplying the effect, and bringing about changes, which include and bringing about changes, which include fewer abortions.

fewer abortions.

Negative Effects?

Negative Effects?

Negative Effects?

Negative Effects?

Negative Effects?

Negative Effects?

Negative Effects?

Negative Effects?

Negative Effects?

Negative Effects?

It is sometimes suggested that because some people It is sometimes suggested that because some people react to the graphic displays with anger and hostility, this react to the graphic displays with anger and hostility, this negative reaction negate

negative reaction negates any good done by the signs ands any good done by the signs and may in

may in fact drivfact drive womee women to n to obtain abobtain abortions. ortions. Some haSome haveve suggested that the negative response of the public to the suggested that the negative response of the public to the signs actually will cause the pro-life movement to

signs actually will cause the pro-life movement to

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loose the war against abortion because it is a poor

loose the war against abortion because it is a poor ChristianChristian testimony to

testimony to the world. the world. As As always, always, it is it is important to important to looklook at the answer to these assumptions from both a factual at the answer to these assumptions from both a factual and scriptural viewpoint.

and scriptural viewpoint.

Factually, we can see that the statistics do not Factually, we can see that the statistics do not support the premise that the pictures are causing people to support the premise that the pictures are causing people to abandon the pro-life cause and/or obtain more abortions. abandon the pro-life cause and/or obtain more abortions. In fact, evidence already stated herein shows the opposite In fact, evidence already stated herein shows the opposite actually happening—more lives are being saved and more actually happening—more lives are being saved and more people are being converted to the pro-life position since people are being converted to the pro-life position since the adv

the advent of laent of large graphic rge graphic posters. posters. In additioIn addition, there n, there hashas been an increase in the numbers of Christians actively been an increase in the numbers of Christians actively working to stop abortion as

working to stop abortion as evidenceevidenced in d in at least one largeat least one large metropolitan area where the signs are regularly employed. metropolitan area where the signs are regularly employed. These are the facts.

These are the facts.

Scripturally, John 3:19-20 is revealing: Scripturally, John 3:19-20 is revealing:

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light, lest his deeds should be practicing evil hates the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

exposed. But he But he who who does does the truthe truth coth comes to mes to thethe light, that his deeds may be clearly seen that t

light, that his deeds may be clearly seen that they havehey have been done in God.

been done in God.

When Christians obey the scriptural mandate of Ephesians When Christians obey the scriptural mandate of Ephesians 5:11 and expose the unfruitful deeds of darkness, those 5:11 and expose the unfruitful deeds of darkness, those who commit the evil deeds will

who commit the evil deeds will hate those who expose them.hate those who expose them. It is a natural and expected response that t

It is a natural and expected response that the Bible prepareshe Bible prepares us for

us for. . The duty The duty of Christians is of Christians is to expose to expose and to and to warn.warn. They do this out in the open where their “deeds may be They do this out in the open where their “deeds may be clearly

clearly seen.” seen.” HoweverHowever, , ChristiChristians ans who who expose expose sin sin cancan expect

expect to to be be hated hated and and persecuted by persecuted by the the world. world. JesusJesus explains why this is so in John 15:18-19:

explains why this is so in John 15:18-19:

If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

it hated you. If you were If you were of the of the world, the world world, the world wouldwould love its o

love its own. wn. YYet, because you et, because you are not of are not of the world,the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

hates you.

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Christians who seek the approval and accolades of Christians who seek the approval and accolades of the world or wish to

the world or wish to avoid its persecution are in danger ofavoid its persecution are in danger of conforming to and compromising with a system God has conforming to and compromising with a system God has called them

called them out of. out of. According to According to 2 2 Timothy 3:12, Timothy 3:12, “Y“Yes,es, and all who live godly in Christ Jesus

and all who live godly in Christ Jesus willwillwillwillwillwillwillwillwill suffer persecution.”will suffer persecution.” The fact that the vast majority of Americans today The fact that the vast majority of Americans today are “of the world” and not “of Christ” insures that Christians, are “of the world” and not “of Christ” insures that Christians, especially those who expose evil, will be unpopular with especially those who expose evil, will be unpopular with the majority of

the majority of people. people. Being hated Being hated by the by the world is a world is a naturalnatural and expected consequence of a godly person living in and expected consequence of a godly person living in obedience

obedience to scripture. to scripture. It is thereIt is therefore unfair fore unfair and unbiband unbiblicallical to accuse Christians with graphic signs of being a poor to accuse Christians with graphic signs of being a poor Christian testimony because they evoke the anger and Christian testimony because they evoke the anger and hatred that the Bible says they must.

hatred that the Bible says they must.

Any prophetic message that exposes evil will have Any prophetic message that exposes evil will have two effects

two effects on the hon the hearers. earers. They will They will either exeither express sorrowpress sorrow for their

for their sin, sin, or or they they will will harden harden and and rebel. rebel. Because Because aa majority of people may harden at the message that does majority of people may harden at the message that does not mean that the message should be stopped for fear of not mean that the message should be stopped for fear of offending

offending them. them. On On the the contrary! contrary! Ezekiel Ezekiel 3:16-19 3:16-19 is is toto the point:

the point:

Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of Man, I word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of Man, I made you a watchman for the house of

made you a watchman for the house of Israel; ThereforeIsrael; Therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me; When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely from Me; When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his

same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; But his bloodiniquity; But his blood will I require at your

will I require at your hand.hand. YYYYYYet, if you wYYYYet, if you wet, if you warn the wicked,et, if you wet, if you wet, if you wet, if you wet, if you wet, if you wet, if you warn the wicked,arn the wicked,arn the wicked,arn the wicked,arn the wicked,arn the wicked,arn the wicked,arn the wicked,arn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor fromand he does not turn from his wickedness, nor fromand he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked w

his wicked w his wicked w his wicked whis wicked whis wicked w his wicked w his wicked w his wicked w

his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but youay, he shall die in his iniquity; but youay, he shall die in his iniquity; but youay, he shall die in his iniquity; but youay, he shall die in his iniquity; but youay, he shall die in his iniquity; but youay, he shall die in his iniquity; but youay, he shall die in his iniquity; but youay, he shall die in his iniquity; but youay, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.”

have delivered your soul.” have delivered your soul.” have delivered your soul.”have delivered your soul.”have delivered your soul.” have delivered your soul.” have delivered your soul.” have delivered your soul.”

have delivered your soul.” (Emphasis added)(Emphasis added)

The Scripture

The Scriptures are clears are clear. If a man fails to warn the wicked,h. If a man fails to warn the wicked,hee commits

commits sin and sin and shares in shares in the guthe guilt. ilt. If a If a man doeman does warns warn,, he is obedient and

he is obedient and therefore held guiltless.therefore held guiltless.

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Some have attempted to accuse Christians that use Some have attempted to accuse Christians that use graphic photos of actually causing abortions

graphic photos of actually causing abortions. This is saying. This is saying that the warning messenger, fulfilling Ephesians 5:11 and that the warning messenger, fulfilling Ephesians 5:11 and Ezekiel

Ezekiel 3:19, 3:19, is respis responsible onsible for the for the sin of sin of abortion. abortion. ThisThis turns the scriptural teaching of responsibility on its ear! turns the scriptural teaching of responsibility on its ear! W

Women may continuomen may continue on with an abe on with an abortionortion in spite of in spite of in spite of in spite of in spite of in spite of in spite of in spite of in spite of in spite of beingbeing w

warned of the arned of the consequences, but notconsequences, but not because because because because because because because because because because of the warningof the warning just as wicked Judah continued her rebellion to God just as wicked Judah continued her rebellion to God inininininininininin spite of 

spite of  spite of  spite of spite of spite of spite of 

spite of spite of spite of EzekEzekiel’iel’s s warningwarnings. s. TTo o blame Christblame Christians who ians who holdhold the graphic signs of causing abortions is

the graphic signs of causing abortions is like holding Ezekiellike holding Ezekiel responsible for the Jews being taken captive by the responsible for the Jews being taken captive by the Babylonians.

Babylonians. It It is is an an absurdity!absurdity! In fact, there is

In fact, there is not onenot onenot onenot onenot onenot onenot onenot onenot one documented case of a womannot one documented case of a woman who was going to keep her baby changing her mind and who was going to keep her baby changing her mind and aborting as a result of viewing the graphic aborted baby aborting as a result of viewing the graphic aborted baby signs.

signs. HoweverHowever, there , there are literally are literally hundreds of hundreds of documenteddocumented cases of women changing their minds about going through cases of women changing their minds about going through with a scheduled abortion after viewing the signs.

with a scheduled abortion after viewing the signs.

Another aspect of the argument against the signs Another aspect of the argument against the signs isis that they cause people who may have had abortions or that they cause people who may have had abortions or were involved in an abortion decision to experience were involved in an abortion decision to experience unpleasant or hurtful feelings after viewing the pictures in unpleasant or hurtful feelings after viewing the pictures in an uncontrolled environment. Again, this can hardly be an uncontrolled environment. Again, this can hardly be considered

considered a negativa negative aspect. e aspect. Is it reaIs it really desirabllly desirable to hae to haveve a society of people that can murder their offspring at will, a society of people that can murder their offspring at will, then have positive feelings about it?

then have positive feelings about it?

Christians who use the graphic signs in s

Christians who use the graphic signs in street ministrytreet ministry can testify to the fact that most people who stop and can testify to the fact that most people who stop and respond negatively to the signs have been involved in an respond negatively to the signs have been involved in an abortion

abortion decision. decision. Those Those scarred scarred by by abortion abortion becomebecome angered because the light has been shined on their evil angered because the light has been shined on their evil deed. People

deed. People needneedneedneedneedneedneedneedneed to feel bad about the abortion theyneed to feel bad about the abortion they were

were involved involved in. in. Only Only once once they they face face what what they they havehave done and admit it was wrong could they ever find done and admit it was wrong could they ever find forgiveness

forgiveness and heand healing. aling. It is It is not in not in their betheir best interest st interest toto “protect” or shield people from feeling bad

“protect” or shield people from feeling bad about their sin.about their sin.

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In fact, this is destruct

In fact, this is destructive behaviorive behavior, which is often exhibit, which is often exhibiteded by families of alcoholics and drug abusers, and only serves by families of alcoholics and drug abusers, and only serves to

to enable the enable the abuser to abuser to continue in continue in his his sin. sin. Sorrow is Sorrow is aa necessary

necessary first first step step to to repentance. repentance. Sorrow Sorrow is is a a necessarynecessary first

first step step to to repentance. repentance. Note Note 2 2 Corinthians 7:9-11:Corinthians 7:9-11:

Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your

your sorrow led sorrow led to to repentance. repentance. For For you you were were mademade sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from

from us us in in nothing. nothing. For For godly godly sorrow sorrow producesproduces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

but the sorrow of the world produces death.

Those who have had or encouraged abortions sooner Those who have had or encouraged abortions sooner or later must confront their sin and feel sorrow for it or or later must confront their sin and feel sorrow for it or healing and

healing and forgiveness cannot forgiveness cannot occuroccur. . Christians displayingChristians displaying the graphic photos of aborted children perform the the graphic photos of aborted children perform the unpopular but necessary function of confronting a public unpopular but necessary function of confronting a public in denial about abortion who so desperately need to seek in denial about abortion who so desperately need to seek forgiveness at the cross.

forgiveness at the cross.

Since viewing the photos, many men and women Since viewing the photos, many men and women have indeed repented from the sin of abortion and have have indeed repented from the sin of abortion and have sought hea

sought healing. ling. This public This public ministry has ministry has often born eoften born eternalternal fruit as some have even been led to Christ on the street fruit as some have even been led to Christ on the street after

after having having hearts hearts broken broken by by the the graphic graphic displays. displays. ButBut what of those hurting people that drive on and are not what of those hurting people that drive on and are not ministered on

ministered on the the spot? spot? When When God God starts a starts a work work in in aa person’

person’s heas heart, He rt, He is fully is fully capable capable of finishing of finishing it. it. It isIt is important to trust that God will continue working in their important to trust that God will continue working in their lives and will eventually lead them to where they can find lives and will eventually lead them to where they can find help and healing.

help and healing.

But Children View These!

But Children View These!

But Children View These!

But Children View These!

But Children View These!

But Children View These!

But Children View These!

But Children View These!

But Children View These!

But Children View These!

Probably the most often voiced objection to the Probably the most often voiced objection to the public display of the graphic photos is that children view public display of the graphic photos is that children view

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them.

them. Often it Often it is assumed is assumed that the pthat the photos will ehotos will emotionallymotionally traumatize a

traumatize a child. child. Activists with several Activists with several years of years of experienceexperience on the street with the signs have noted that the pictures do on the street with the signs have noted that the pictures do not adversely affect children as long as the

not adversely affect children as long as the parent remainsparent remains calm

calm and and reasonable. reasonable. Many Many parents parents use thuse the ope opportunityportunity to teach their children about life

to teach their children about life and reinforce their love forand reinforce their love for their k

their kids. ids. Children Children only beonly become come upset wheupset when the n the parentsparents respond angrily, stop to verbally abuse the

respond angrily, stop to verbally abuse the sign holders, orsign holders, or even physically attack the signs. When the children see even physically attack the signs. When the children see Mom or Dad behaving in ways that frighten them, they Mom or Dad behaving in ways that frighten them, they also become upset.

also become upset.

Parents do their children no favors when they hide Parents do their children no favors when they hide the truth about abortion from their kids, regardless of age. the truth about abortion from their kids, regardless of age. At the very least, when children enter the age of puberty, At the very least, when children enter the age of puberty, they must be made aware of the wickedness of abortion. they must be made aware of the wickedness of abortion. In this age of abortion without parental notification and In this age of abortion without parental notification and sexual activity beginning at increasingly earlier ages, parents sexual activity beginning at increasingly earlier ages, parents that do not deal with the matter of abortion with their young that do not deal with the matter of abortion with their young daughters are in effect

daughters are in effect endangering their own grandchildrenendangering their own grandchildren by leaving their girls vulnerable to the lure of abortion as a by leaving their girls vulnerable to the lure of abortion as a quick fix or a means of concealing sexual activity.

quick fix or a means of concealing sexual activity.

Christians who have exposed their own children to Christians who have exposed their own children to the graphic materials, some nearly from birth, report no ill the graphic materials, some nearly from birth, report no ill effects in

effects in their children. their children. In fact, In fact, these children these children often developoften develop a deeper sense of compassion for women and babies a deeper sense of compassion for women and babies affected by abortion. Several families actively involved in affected by abortion. Several families actively involved in pro-life ministry have had the joy of

pro-life ministry have had the joy of seeing their teen-agedseeing their teen-aged or adult children accept Christ and enthusiastically adopt or adult children accept Christ and enthusiastically adopt the pro-life ministry as their own multiplying many times the pro-life ministry as their own multiplying many times over the work of their parents.

over the work of their parents.

Conclusion

Conclusion

Conclusion

Conclusion

Conclusion

Conclusion

Conclusion

Conclusion

Conclusion

Conclusion

The public display of graphic photos of aborted The public display of graphic photos of aborted babies i

babies is a pros a proven anven and effectivd effective tool. e tool. Scriptural Scriptural principalsprincipals support it.

support it. The photos The photos save lives, save lives, convict the convict the guilty, changeguilty, change

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hearts, cause the hurting to seek help, inspire active hearts, cause the hurting to seek help, inspire active involvement, and will eventually be a part of

involvement, and will eventually be a part of transformingtransforming the think

the thinking of ing of our society our society on the on the matter of matter of abortion. abortion. TheThe signs stand as a prophetic warning to America against the signs stand as a prophetic warning to America against the sin of child-killing and have raised the overall awareness of sin of child-killing and have raised the overall awareness of the general public to the

the general public to the plight of the pre-born.plight of the pre-born.

Those who oppose the graphic materials are currently Those who oppose the graphic materials are currently free to conduct their ministry as they see fit without criticism free to conduct their ministry as they see fit without criticism from those

from those who are who are supportive supportive of the of the signs. signs. The oppThe oppositeosite should be

should be true as true as well. well. HoweverHowever, those , those who do who do not supportnot support the graphic photos have been publicly expressing their the graphic photos have been publicly expressing their disagreement and disapproval of the signs with increasing disagreement and disapproval of the signs with increasing frequency and

frequency and acrimonyacrimony. . What possible What possible benefit is there benefit is there toto showing

showing such such public public discord? discord? Jesus Jesus stated stated in in MatthewMatthew 12:25:

12:25:

But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to

But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Everythem: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself cannot and every city or house divided against itself cannot stand.”

stand.”

God forbid that the pro-life movement would allow God forbid that the pro-life movement would allow itself to be a house divided provoking God to wrath! itself to be a house divided provoking God to wrath! Disapprov

Disapproval of tactics should be al of tactics should be expressed privately and inexpressed privately and in a spirit of humility, lest

a spirit of humility, lest the Enemy win the the Enemy win the dayday.. In light of the factual benefits and

In light of the factual benefits and Scriptural support,Scriptural support, the graphic signs have earned a place as a valued tool in the graphic signs have earned a place as a valued tool in the p

the pro-life ro-life arsenal. arsenal. Those whThose who dio display them splay them are due are due thethe respect of the rest of the

respect of the rest of the pro-life movement and if not theirpro-life movement and if not their respect, then (at least) their silence.

respect, then (at least) their silence.

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