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 Vidal Martinez

September 6, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – You couldn’t miss it if you wanted to. Driving in Chicago’s north side on Ashland Avenue is a massive billboard with an image of a most beautiful baby.

She has her eyes closed. She is wrapped in a warm knitted blanket. One hand with tiny fingers rests on the gray blanket while the other touches her face. She has light blondish hair.

The caption on the billboard reads: “A baby is a baby! Born and unborn.”

A smaller text within a red heart symbol reads: “Heartbeat: 18 Days from conception.”

All beautiful and true.


But not so for pro-abortion advocates. Someone decided to vandalize the billboard and change the message.

On the baby’s beautiful face the vandals sprayed with black paint the words: “My body, my choice.”

They likely failed to notice the extreme irony of painting this often-used slogan of abortion defenders on the baby’s face. It is quite obvious that this baby has her own “body” and that she is not the mother’s “body.” The baby has her own brain, heart, DNA that is completely distinct from those of the mother. In fact, the mother and baby may have different blood types. And, if the mother is pregnant with a male child, then certainly his organ of reproduction can in no way be her “body.”

The ugly spray-painted words on the baby’s beautiful face actually reveal how utterly unconvincing, how absurd is the claim that the baby’s body is somehow the mother’s “body” for her to do with it as she pleases.

In fact, I think the vandals made the pro-life billboard even more hard-hitting. Drivers going down the road and seeing this beautiful baby defaced with horrible pro-abortion words will have to admit that the image and words don’t match.

They’ll begin to question their own position on abortion. And, if they’re honest, they’ll have to admit that maybe there’s something terribly wrong with the whole abortion movement, because it’s clear that this baby has her own body.

Many may find themselves agreeing with the billboard’s statement that a “baby is a baby,” whether that baby is “born” or unborn.”

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Pete Baklinski is Director of Communications for Campaign Life Coalition, a Canadian pro-life organization working at all levels of government to secure full legal protection for all human beings, from the time of conception to natural death. He has a B.A. in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College and a masters in theology (STM) from the International Theological Institute.