From the advent of 4-D ultrasounds to Facebook allowing parents to list their unborn child as a family member on their profiles, technology has only aided the pro-life cause. The latest trend to give voice to the voiceless child in the womb is the Photoshopping of sonogram images onto a picture of the mother’s belly.
According to The Daily, “Shelly Kuhn, a family portrait photographer from Tonawanda, N.Y., has Photoshopped clients’ sonogram images onto their maternity shoots several times, and sees it as an artistic portrayal of pregnancy.
“Clients have asked me for it. Women love seeing what their children look like on their belly, they find it intriguing,” Kuhn told The Daily. “I would love to do more of these. But there is a debate over whether it’s morbid and disgusting or beautiful.”
It should come as no surprise that the pro-abortion movement ardently opposes the images. An editor of the Tumblr “STFU Parents” said parents are “doing it because they’re a little obsessive. There’s something inherently narcissistic about taking the time to create this ‘art.’ ”
Andrea White, a client of photographer Shelly Kuhn, says, “These photos are something I really cherish, I thought it was so neat,” said White. “As for the people that think it’s creepy, I can’t say I really understand where they are coming from, but to each their own, I guess.”
The outrage from the pro-abortion movement has little to do with artistic preferences but more to do with what they view as a threat to their political agenda.
Allison Benedikt from Slate wrote that the images “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.”
The headline of the Slate article reads: “Photoshopping a sonogram onto your pregnant stomach isn’t just tacky, it’s bad for women.” When they say “bad for women,” they really just mean bad for the agenda of the pro-abortion movement. It’s as if abortion advocates know life exists long before birth but are making a deliberate effort to hide that inconvenient fact.
At the time Roe vs. Wade was decided in 1973, little was known about life before birth. The child in the womb was largely a mystery. But today, with the ability to watch unborn children on sonogram monitors, see them swim about, make facial expressions and move their little fingers, there is little doubt life is present. There is also considerable evidence that unborn children experience pain even prior to 20 weeks after conception. Sonogram images, including those now used in family portraits, mark a significant milestone in our growing understanding of human life.
However, in many places throughout the country, our laws do not reflect this advanced understanding. For instance, in our nation’s capital, abortion is legal for any reason whatsoever right up until the moment of birth. It’s time to leave the mentality of the 1970’s in the past and for our laws to match what we now know to be true about unborn human life.