I was born into the culture of death. I have grown up witnessing faithful men and women dedicate their lives to end the atrocity of abortion. Growing up witnessing the lifelong sacrifices of older generations and watching my generation take up the fight is a source of inspiration but also a cause to pause and reflect on how the fight for the dignity of the unborn is being waged. Unfortunately all too often those in the pro-life movement focus exclusively on the end goal of ending abortion but fail to seriously consider the morality of the means used to accomplish these ends. Since the ends do not justify the means it is important that we pause at times to reflect on the means being used to fight for the rights of the unborn.
Over the past few years those fighting to end legalize abortion in the United States have resorted to using graphic images of aborted fetuses. Witnessing these images has given me pause to question if the use of these images violates the exact dignity of those for whom we are fighting. As I began to question the morality of using these images I have found many faithful warriors of the pro-life movement defending their use. Even though many of the greatest warriors of the pro-life movement support the use of images of aborted fetuses, if the dignity of the unborn is what we are fighting for, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to examine more closely the morality of the use of graphic images aborted fetuses.
Over the next few months I will be debating this question with my friend and classmate Alex Nord with the hopes of coming to some consensus that can lead to a paper on the topic. Alex is one of the most active pro-life men I know and has a brilliant mind with a keen sense for playing devil’s advocate and I am grateful for his willingness to take on this journey with me. The plan is to layout an initial argument and then go back and forth (ideally every two weeks, but sometimes our schedules will delay this a bit) until we come to a consensus. We hope you will join us in this debate by commenting as the debate goes along.
As we begin this debate it is my prayer that our discussion will help those in the pro-life movement continue to courageously fight to end abortion in a way that respects the dignity of the most vulnerable in our society.