The Pro-Life, Christian group, Focus on the Family has announced a plan to show the world that, without a doubt, a child in the womb is a living human being. The group is calling the campaign SEE LIFE CLEARLY, and the 12-week national campaign will culminate with a Pro-Life event in Times Square on May 4 that will include live-streaming 4-D ultrasounds on marquees in the heart of New York City.
According to the Christian Post, Focus on the Family says the campaign is “our bold and determined response to the heartbreaking New York legislation that endorses later-term abortion and the Virginia governor’s shocking and unapologetic endorsement of infanticide.” In January, the nation was shocked by New York’s passage of sweeping anti-Life legislation that expanded late-term abortion.
The New York laws, some of the most anti-Life in the nation, include allowing abortion at any stage of pregnancy for reasons related to the “health” of the mother. This deceptive terminology means that the woman’s physical or mental health, as evaluated by the abortionist, can be the reason for an abortion, which means that effectively abortions can be justified at any stage of pregnancy for virtually any reason.
The inhumane legislation means that now babies born alive in an attempted abortion in New York have no protection under the law and can be left to die without consequences for the abortionist or medical personnel involved.
Additionally, the law removes penalties for taking the life of a preborn child under any circumstances. The nation looked on in horror as a man who murdered his girlfriend and her preborn child was not charged for the death of the baby his girlfriend died trying to protect.
In response to the barbarity of these anti-Life laws, the Focus on the Family campaign is aimed at simply and irrefutably showing the world that the child in the womb is a human being deserving of the Right to Life. Writing about the campaign and the reaction thus far, Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family said, “There has been a collective moral outcry – even from people who have been otherwise apathetic to the issue of abortion. It’s as if in a single voice the public has said, ‘Enough is enough!’”
Times Square has significance because of the anti-Life laws in New York, but also because the iconic public place is representative of our nation. Daly writes, “It’s the perfect location. Times Square is known as “The Crossroads of the World,” and we’re at a crossroad as a nation regarding life.”
Ultrasound technology has changed the abortion conversation in our nation. No longer can abortion activists claim that the baby in the womb is a “clump of cells” or a “parasite.” We all know this is a baby. As Daly said in an interview with CBN News, “And with the 4-D technology that we have, it looks like a picture of a 1-year-old.” He added, “There is no way a person is going to be able to say, ‘That is not a child.’ It is a child and we want everybody to see it.”
Appearing with Daly on Fox News, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) voiced his disapproval of the anti-Life New York laws saying, “The reality is, what New York did is try to strip protections from babies right up until the moment of birth and then they went out and they said let’s celebrate this and light up the World Trade Center in pink lights.” He explained, “The pro-life movement is pro-compassion, it’s pro-baby, it’s pro-mom, and it’s pro-science.”
The Pro-Life movement is indeed one of compassion, for both preborn babies and for women. Every abortion ends a unique human Life. Abortions committed against babies who can undeniably feel pain and who are developed enough even to survive on their own outside the womb are particularly disturbing for almost all Americans. Women at every stage of pregnancy deserve to know that a preborn baby is a living human being.
The Focus on the Family campaign to broadcast to the world the faces of the preborn is a simple and powerful way to silence the anti-Life rhetoric about “choice” and “empowerment.” Although pro-abortion politicians lit towers in New York pink celebrating euphemisms like so-called “women’s rights” (by which they mean elective abortion on-demand), the faces of the preborn who will appear in Times Square on May 4 require no euphemisms or explanation.