Women are starting to photoshop a picture of their unborn baby onto their tummy, when they do one of those pregnant tummy glamour shots. Referring to this new trend, Allison Benedikt writes:
“…it got us thinking about how the more we treat fetuses like people—including them in our family photo shoots, tagging them on our Facebook walls, giving them their own Twitter accounts—the harder it will be to deny that they are people when the next, say, personhood amendment comes up, with legislators and activists arguing that “the unborn child” inside a pregnant woman’s womb should have the same rights as the living among us.” (Slate Magazine: Photoshopping a Fetus Onto Your Pregnant Stomach)
Make no mistake, Benedikt maintains a gung-ho pro-choice political position. In her article she’s trying to discourage women from doing things that bring an unborn baby’s humanity to light. But pause a second and think with me about what she’s really saying here. Deep down, people realize killing an unborn baby is wrong. The key to living with your conscience when you’re pro-choice is to keep the baby out of sight, and out of mind. Including a picture of your unborn baby destroys the perception of the unborn child as less than human.
I’ve never been a fan of pregnant tummy glamour shots, and I’m not even sure after hearing what Benedikt had to say, I’ve changed my mind. But if you’re going to have it done anyway, why not include an ultrasound image of your baby?
In fact, let me encourage you to do everything you can to emphasize the humanity of your unborn child.
Talk about the personality of your baby, as you experience his or her kicks, and excited times, and quiet times. Post it on Facebook.
Include his or her picture in family photo shoots.
Tag them on your Facebook wall.
Start a Facebook account for your unborn baby.
Start a Twitter account for your unborn baby.
Share ultrasound images on Facebook and Twitter.
When people see the reality of the humanity of an unborn baby, it could make a difference.
It could be just the revelation needed for people’s consciences to kick in.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”
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