Bioethics

How Should We Use Graphic Images?

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Author Amy K. Hall Published on 11/18/2011

Yesterday, Alan spoke about the power of graphic images to convey truth and affect behavior. The ancient Roman poet Horace said it well: “Less vividly is the mind stirred by what finds entrance through the ears than by what is brought before the trusty eyes...”

Should such images be used when we’re arguing against abortion? I think yes, but care needs to be taken to make sure they’re used appropriately.

This 12-minute video is an excellent example of how to do this. Scott Klusendorf warns the students what they’ll see, compassionately assures them it’s not for the purpose of condemnation, gives them hope for complete freedom from their guilt, shows the graphic images, and then justifies their use by giving an example of how a graphic image was profoundly effective in the past in communicating truth on the issue of human rights.

This video is worth bookmarking, passing on, and playing for others when you’re explaining the truth about abortion to your family and friends.

(If you prefer to read rather than watch, here’s a discussion of this approach at the Life Training Institute Blog.)