Many people (especially in the pro-life movement) object to the use of graphic images of abortion victims. They worry that abortion-minded or post-abortive mothers may somehow be emotionally traumatized by seeing the bloody images of a brutally-butchered child. And I pray that they are. The REAL victim of every abortion is NOT the mother, but the preborn baby who is about to be murdered BY his or her mother in what should have been the safest place on earth - the womb.
Here is my own testimony about victim images.
Before I was born again, I was an agnostic, liberal, pro-choice feminist. I was promiscuous and had three abortions during my Godless days. In 2006, I became a born-again Christian, but even then, I considered myself a liberal feminist, and I still didn't believe abortion was "all that terrible" in the first trimester. I was an age, size & development BIGOT (not to mention being completely ignorant of God's Word).
Then in August of 2015, when the undercover Planned Parenthood videos started hitting the mainstream news, I saw for the first time bloody, graphic images of first-trimester abortion victims.
Suddenly, I realized these were the same gestational age as the "products of conception" that I had aborted. These were not clumps of cells. They were babies. I had murdered my children.
It took me almost a week to be able to actually admit to myself that I was a murderer. A serial killer who had told myself I was killing them because it was "better for everybody." But in fact, killing my children had benefited me more than anybody.
I got down on my knees and begged the Lord to forgive me.
Now, to millions of people, it will seem obvious that preborn human beings are actually "people," and that abortion kills them. But to someone like me, who had virtually no Christian training and relied solely upon our God-hating, secular, liberal, mainstream media for all my information, this was the first time in my nearly 60 years that I had seen the truth. There were no Christians outside of the mills when I went in to murder my children. Nothing but a sidewalk leading up to the door. Had there been, I believe I would have been a turn-away. I think, in fact, I might have run screaming from the place.
So I began to research how on earth it could be possible that I had never seen these types of images before. Every morning when I woke up until every evening when I went to sleep, I read everything I could on abortion, the pro-life movement, and eventually, abolitionism.
That was in 2015. I haven't stopped researching abortion since then. I have come to realize that I was still an "appearance" bigot! Because even babies who DO still look like "just a clump of cells" (or even a single cell) are, in fact, precious children made in the image of God.
That is why I am a firm believer that there is a definite purpose for the use of victim images to shock and awaken us to the horror that is going on all around us.
To quote R. C. Sproul, Jr.:
"You cannot overreact to this problem. This is the most significant, most serious, most dreadful reality, in my judgment, in the history of the world." From the movie "Who will Stand."
I have asked the Lord to help me dedicate my life to stopping other women from committing the same detestable abomination that I committed.
God willing, may abortion be abolished soon.
Bonnie Coffey Cannone
Founder - Abolish Abortion Florida