What follows is an exchange of ideas that took place on Facebook between ACP Co-director Tom Herring and a Catholic woman named Rachel.
“I fundamentally don’t agree with the position that including the picture of a murdered baby on a poster “humanizes” that baby. It isn’t a power struggle in which one side has destroyed the humanity of a child and the other is restoring it. That’s not our job and we can’t do it–God grants human dignity, we either honor it, or we don’t. We can’t destroy the God-given dignity of another human being, no matter what we do. We can’t destroy the image of God in them.” -Rachel
It sounds like you are confusing two separate issues. The issue you are speaking to here is whether or not unborn children possess intrinsic human dignity, and of course we would agree that they do, and that there is nothing anyone could ever do to strip it away from them.
The issue I was speaking to in a post above was in response to your argument that “these images objectify the babies they portray.” I pointed out that, on the contrary, these children were objectified during the rationalization of their slaughter, and that exposing the truth about what happened to them forces all of us to recognize these were more than clumps of cells — these were human beings. And in that sense, the pictures of victims humanize a baby that was aborted, often for the first time, in the minds of those with a functioning conscience. Read More
We recently received this thoughtful letter from Fr. Marion. We are grateful to him, and to all our supporters who keep this life-saving ministry in prayer.
Press Release: Anti-Choice Project to Bring Abortion Victim Imagery to New Life Tabernacle Church in Houston
ANTI-CHOICE PROJECT TO BRING ABORTION VICTIM IMAGERY TO NEW LIFE TABERNACLE CHURCH IN HOUSTON
Houston, Texas – October 30, 2014 – Beginning Sunday, November 2, the Anti-Choice Project (ACP) will be taking its enlarged 4′ x 3′ abortion victim photos to the public sidewalks bordering New Life Tabernacle Church in Houston. Established in 2009, the Anti-Choice Project is a peaceful, all-volunteer, non-profit corporation which uses pictures of first and second trimester abortion victims to educate the public about what abortion does to a baby.
According to an October 26, 2014, KHOU article titled, ‘Down in polls, Texas’ Davis recalls own comebacks,’ Rev. Carl Davis of New Life Tabernacle Church is reported as saying, “You know that I don’t believe in abortion. But you know that doesn’t mean I won’t support her [Senator Davis] in other ways.” (http://www.khou.com/story/news/politics/elections/2014/10/26/down-in-polls-texas-davis-recalls-own-comebacks/17966489/)
In response, Andrew St.Hilaire, Co-founder of the Anti-Choice Project, said, “New Life Tabernacle Church has recently decided to use its pulpit to advance the political campaign of pro-abortion gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis. Pastor Carl Davis has asked his flock to look beyond the baby-killing that Senator Wendy Davis supports. But our giant photos of abortion victims displayed outside his church building on Sunday will make that plea impossible.”
“Very few Christians know what a first trimester abortion looks like,” said ACP Co-founder, Tom Herring. “But for worshippers at New Life Tabernacle Church, that is about to change.”
ACP Houston Director, Jeff Boutte added, “Ephesians 5:11 commands us, without qualification, to ‘expose the deeds of darkness,’ not to show them only privately, and only as a last resort. This Biblical exhortation applies all the more when a purported shepherd of Christ’s flock is encouraging the sheep entrusted to him to cast their ballots for candidates who support torturing a baby to death.”
Tom Herring, Co-founder of the Anti-Choice Project, said, “Some may question our actions, and wonder if Jesus would use such bloody images to make his point. We point to the crucifix, and answer that He already did.”
We are excited to announce the launch of our latest ACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, directed by John Weingarten. No sooner did John retire from Gonzaga University than he signed up to direct the 11th chapter of the Anti-Choice Project!
Eager to be out exposing the unjust reality of “Reproductive Choice”, John hit the streets with a crew of volunteers on Saturday, May 31, before even receiving a full set of ACP signs. John already had some signs he had purchased from the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform which they were able to use for their first display. We love John’s enthusiasm and readiness to step up and defend life while so many others in our culture, even those who claim to be pro-life, hardly ever consider the plight of the unborn child.
Here are some pictures from ACP Spokane’s first protest:
John is a very strong and active advocate for the unborn in his work with 40 Days for Life, his participation with Show the Truth, and a new sidewalk counseling ministry he will be directing. We are thrilled to have him join our team!
We are very excited to announce the Anti-Choice Project now has brand new website, launched this week! For some time now we have been planning a transition from the blog-style website we’ve been maintaining on our own time to a crisp, custom designed website with all the resources and functions ACP needs.
Here’s a quick tour of a few new main features of the website:
“A National Movement”
ACP is a national movement, with chapters across the country, which we can now visually demonstrate through an interactive map showing each individual chapter location with director info and contact information. You can also help us put your city on the map, but clicking the “Start a Chapter” button and applying to join this growing movement. Read More
ANTI-CHOICE PROJECT TO BRING ABORTION VICTIM IMAGERY TO WILSON HIGH SCHOOL IN TACOMA
Bremerton, Washington – February 25, 2014 – Beginning Wednesday, February 26, 2014, the Anti-Choice Project will be taking its enlarged 4′ x 3′ abortion victim photos to the public sidewalks bordering the campus of Woodrow Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington.
Established in 2009, the Anti-Choice Project is a peaceful, all-volunteer, non-profit corporation which uses first and second trimester abortion victim images to educate the public about what abortion does to a baby.
Response to Simcha Fisher of the National Catholic Register on “Eight Reasons Not to Use Graphic Abortion Images at the March for Life”
What follows is a response by ACP Co-founder, Tom Herring, to the objections made by Simcha Fisher in her article about the public display of abortion pictures which was published January 22, 2013 by the National Catholic Register. This question of graphic abortion photos used in public needs to be settled because it is so critically important to the success of our pro-life activism. Read More
Last week our first-ever billboard began showing in Kitsap County, Washington, reminding tens of thousands of daily commuters to Vote Pro-Life.
Those who see our billboard and visit the special website we have set up at UnjustChoice.com will be welcomed by a message addressed to voters:When it comes to choosing our representatives, there should be certain positions which automatically disqualify a candidate from earning our vote. For example, a candidate who promotes and advocates white supremacy — regardless of how much his economic, environmental, or other policies align with our own view — would never get a vote from people of conscience. The reason is obvious: there exists a hierarchy of values, and at the top of that list is the dignity of all human beings, not just fair-skinned human beings.In the same way, a political candidate who advocates for abortion should be automatically disqualified from earning our vote.* Abortion is an act of violence which kills a baby. Our pictures prove that fact. And just as there can be no justification for discriminating between human beings of different races, there is no justification for discriminating between human beings of different ages. All human beings deserve human rights.”A person is a person, no matter how small,” said Dr. Seuss. And we concur. Always vote pro-life.
Kenrick Bradley approached Anti-Choice Project co-founder, Andrew St.Hilaire, during a protest in front of Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington, on May 2, 2012, and began cursing us for showing what happens to 68 babies every single day in Washington State, and 3,500 babies nation-wide.
Mr. Bradley grabbed our abortion-photo signs and threw them over a fence. He then tried to steal our video camera, presumably to destroy the evidence of his behavior.
Today, the ACP joined the March for Life in Olympia, WA! Despite the inclement weather, there was still about 2,500 people in attendance standing up for babies’ rights. The ACP was there because pro-lifers — even dedicated ones who attend marches in the cold — need to be educated on and reminded of the full extent and brutal reality of abortion.
We received several positive comments, including those from a man who had never seen what abortion looks like. He expressed his shock and thanked us for being there.
Here are a few pictures from the event. You can see the rest on our Facebook page.