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Why Norwich needs to see the reality of abortion

On Friday 18 June, Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform UK (CBRUK) is to conduct its first ever Public Education Display in Norwich city centre, with team of local volunteers holding up large banners showing graphic abortion imagery.

Dave Brennan, who lives in Norfolk and directs CBRUK's "Brephos" project, explains why:

On May 7th of this year, Germany and the world marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sophie Scholl, a courageous young woman who gave her life defending the Jews and defying the Nazis. She was sentenced to death at just 21 years old.

Sophie and her brother Hans had been caught printing and distributing leaflets exposing the horrors of the Holocaust and calling the German people out of their apathy to stand against the Nazi regime. Though not Jews themselves – in fact, as well-to-do Aryans they had been involved with the Nazi youth movement – they decided to make the plight of the Jews their own. In the end they both paid the ultimate price.

What Sophie, Hans, and their co-workers in the “White Rose” resistance movement realised is what every social reformer and activist needs to realise. As Martin Luther King Jr put it: “Injustice must be exposed.”

Injustice thrives in the dark. Oppressors understand this and work very hard to keep the reality of the injustice in question a secret, whether by geographical distance or by masking the horror with euphemistic language.

In Norwich in 2019 (we don’t have the statistics for 2020 yet), 1,500 human babies were intentionally killed by medical professionals, with metal tools or poisonous chemicals. All this took place behind closed doors under the guise of “healthcare” or “reproductive choice”. UK tax-payers footed the bill for almost every single killing. It has been said that “abortion” or “termination of pregnancy” – the euphemisms we use to conceal the true horror of what is happening – is the most commonly performed elective procedure on the NHS.

Like any injustice, this genocide has depended on the successful concealment of two things: the humanity of the victims and the inhumanity of their treatment.

In the case of the transatlantic slave trade, William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson found pictures to be an incredibly powerful way of displaying the humanity of the victims and the inhumanity of their treatment. A famous image of an African man in chains on his knees, asking “Am I not a man and a brother?”, became iconic for the movement and changed the way society thought and felt about the slave trade.

We can think of other iconic pictures that have changed the world in the centuries since, right through to Aylan Kurdi, the little Syrian boy tragically washed up on a beach in 2015, and George Floyd, whose death last year at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin was caught on camera.

With today’s baby genocide it is no different. Nothing demonstrates so effectively the humanity of the babies and the inhumanity of their treatment as accurate, photographic evidence.

It is true that these images are upsetting. In no way is it our intention to communicate condemnation of those who have been involved with abortion in the past. The CBRUK core team includes women who have had abortions and who help others who’ve had abortions to come to know the same forgiveness and healing in Jesus that they have come to know. Our reason for displaying this imagery is to defend babies and women and society from future abortions.

The main reason why these images are upsetting is that they show instantly and incontrovertibly: what we as a society have told ourselves is healthcare, is actually an act of violence. Hard truth hurts.

In a recent presentation to emerging activists here in East Anglia, I drew upon the example of Sophie Scholl, unaware that this year marked her 100th anniversary.

To me it makes no sense to commemorate heroes like Sophie, if we are unwilling to follow in their footsteps: exposing the horrors of today’s great injustice, and bearing the cost for doing so, whatever that may be.

For a more in-depth consideration of the history of successful social reform - and the importance of visual evidence in overturning injustice - click on the video below:

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