Blogs Fri Jul 5, 2013 - 10:56 am EST
What Joyce Arthur wants to hide
Joyce Arthur of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada must be very, very annoyed—media outlets have been calling her quite frequently of late to ask her opinion on our new projects, especially our “Face the Children” Project, which involves the mass distribution of postcards featuring abortion-supporting politicians next to abortion victims. In response to our postcard distribution in St. Catharines', she posted on Facebook that, “Families and children in St. Catharines' are being cruelly harassed in their homes by the extremist group Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.” I could point out that our postcards depict the reality of what she is dedicated to championing—the corpses of pre-born children “cruelly harassed” out of existence in the womb. But it is our pictures, apparently, that Joyce takes issue with.
“We’ve seen these sorts of images before,” she told the St. Catharines' Standard, “and if the images are real, they are not images of the kind of abortions performed in this country.”
She then posted a picture on Facebook showing tiny fetal remains floating in some sort of dish, attempting to make the point that seriously, these humans are so tiny she doesn’t even know why anyone cares. If you zoom the camera out enough, you can barely see the corpse. Take that, human rights.
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The image she refers to (if she has even seen it), is of a dismembered, decapitated, and disemboweled twenty week fetus. It’s extremely gruesome. And that’s exactly how abortions are performed in this country—in fact, when my colleague Stephanie Gray debated late-term abortionist Dr. Fraser Fellows of London, Ontario, and showed a video with this type of imagery, she asked him that precise question: “Would you say that the imagery that I had is an accurate reflection of what you see and what you do?” His response: “Absolutely.”
In fact, read the testimony of any abortion doctor describing a later abortion procedure. Here’s how one abortionist described it: “You introduce this instrument blindly and start pulling off limbs. You feel yourself grabbing and pulling hard, and I do mean hard. And out pops an arm…follow that by a leg. And then you tear out the intestines, the spine, heart and lungs. The difficult part of the procedure is the head, which is about the size of a plum. You know you did it right if you crush down and white material runs out the cervix—that was the baby’s head.”
Now that’s what Ms. Arthur calls a good day’s work. It also makes for an extremely brutal photograph. This is precisely why Ms. Arthur and her morally-impaired friends dislike abortion photographs so much.
I wonder, though, what Ms. Arthur and the others who question the validity of abortion pictures think an abortion actually looks like? We’ve all seen beautiful footage of children in the womb—from National Geographic’s fantastic documentaries to the stunning embryoscopy videos from the Endowment for Human Development. Now imagine the baby you’re envisioning torn up with forceps or a suction aspirator. It’s obviously not going to look pretty. Does Ms. Arthur perhaps think that “in this country” abortionists decapitate developing fetuses more gently? Or that Canadian pre-born children bleed less profusely?
Unfortunately not. And no amount of blathering from Ms. Arthur can disguise that fact.
Reprinted with permission from unmaskingchoice