Despite the large backlash they have incurred from abortion activists, a new study shows that photos of abortion victims serve to change the hearts and minds of those who previously supported the culture of death.
The survey took a close look at the use of abortion victim photography in pro-life outreach … and the results surprised many.
“[The data] suggests that instead of damaging public opinion of the pro-life movement – and thereby impeding the accomplishment of pro-life strategies – the images, in fact, change hearts and minds,” LifeSiteNews reports.
Disproving pro-abortion activists
Tarleton State University Political Science Professor Dr. Jacqueline C. Harvey says the study discredits the prior claims of pro-abortion activists who have argued that photos of aborted babies are unproductive and inappropriate.
“Ultimately, opponents’ claims that abortion victim images are ineffective at changing public opinion are unsupported, as was the claim that this strategy is counterproductive or irreconcilable with other strategies,” argues Harvey, who was the lead researcher of the Texas university project titled “ A Statistical Analysis on the Effectiveness of Abortion Victim Photography in Pro-life Activism.”
According to the research commissioned by the Canadian Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) and administered by Blue Direct, perspectives were drastically shifted by those viewing the graphic photographs of aborted babies.
“[Those who had seen the photos of aborted babies had a] statistically significant shift in pro-life worldview, a greater negative perception of abortion, a decreased degree of permissiveness and liberalism towards abortion law, and a significant gain in pro-life political views after seeing abortion victim imagery,” LifeSiteNews’ Pete Baklinski explained.
Statistics show that viewing photographs of what actually takes place during abortions – and witnessing the horrific destruction of human life in the lethal process – is more than enough to change minds on the issue.
“Ninety percent of respondents said that seeing the images increased their negative feelings toward abortion,” the study revealed, according to LifeSiteNews. “Those identifying as completely pro-life increased by nearly 30 percent following the campaign.”
A new chapter of outreach
The numbers also indicate that seeing the photos actually turned abortion advocates into champions of life.
“Overall, there was a statistically significant gain of nearly 17 percent toward a pro-life worldview,” the findings revealed. “The degree of permissiveness toward abortion was statistically decreased and support for incremental pro-life gains, like gestational limits, substantially increased by 15 percent overall.”
Even those who consider themselves as supporting the culture of death have toned down their abortion advocacy as a result of viewing the killing of the innocents.
“Those identifying as pro-abortion lowered in their degree of support for abortion,” researchers continued.
According to researchers, the abortion victim imagery was “intrinsically effective” in changing participants’ once-favorable view of abortion. The findings also indicate that altering America’s views about abortion can keep preborn babies from being aborted in the future.
“Additional analysis found that the strength of one’s feelings toward abortion were conclusively parallel to political views about abortion – with those who felt strongly positive towards abortion favoring no legal restrictions – and those who felt strongly negative towards abortion favoring complete prohibition of abortion,” researchers shared. “This suggests that changing how the public feels about abortion impacts how people vote for candidates who would be willing and able to enact legal restrictions that actually save lives.”
Citizens for a Pro-Life Society Director Dr. Monica Miller is pleased that the latest study has finally proven the effectiveness and value of photos depicting abortions.
“[The study is] very helpful in closing the debate on the use of abortion victim photos [in the pro-life movement], Miller told LifeSiteNews. “As someone who has taken the bodies of abortion victims out of the trash and photographed them by the hundreds, I am solidly convinced that these photos are essential if we are to change hearts and minds.”
She is pleased that the pro-life movement is about to start a new and exciting chapter as a result of the latest research.
“Now we have a study that provides evidence that this is the case,” the pro-life advocate impressed. “This survey is certainly the first of its kind and, considering the decades-long debate among pro-lifers on the effectiveness of publicly displaying abortion victim photos, is long overdue.”