Chuck Colson

How?s this for ?reality TV ?? Tuesday night a British network televised an abortion.

In a documentary titled ?My Foetus,? England?s Channel 4 showed a London doctor using the ?vacuum pump? method on a woman who was four weeks pregnant?then placing the aborted fetus on a Petri dish. The documentary also displayed fetuses terminated at 10 through 21 weeks?when limbs and a face are clearly visible.

What?s behind something so grotesque? For one thing, it?s Western culture?s jadedness. What shocked us yesterday has become commonplace, so we descend another step into once-forbidden territory to ?get a buzz? today. Deviancy continues to be defined downward.

But the problem is even deeper. Josephine Quintavalle, director of Britain?s pro-life Comment on Reproductive Ethics, noted that even the title of the program was spin-doctored: ? . . . if anybody has ever heard a pregnant woman talking about her ?foetus,? I?d like to meet them. Every pregnant woman talks about her baby. The title dehumanizes the issue and denies the foetus a voice.?

The program?s producer, Julia Black, had an abortion at age 21, and her father founded an abortion clinic. She told the London Telegraph, ?I think the pro-choice movement can no longer rely on just arguing abortion is a woman?s right. They have to start engaging with the reality.?

Ms. Black explained that her abortion forced her to acknowledge that ?abortion ends the life? of what she euphemistically calls ?a potential human being.? Wednesday?s Telegraph added, ?But as a second?wanted?baby took shape inside her, she began to wonder if the 180,000 British women who opted for abortion each year were fully informed when they made their choice.? Sounds like she was becoming pro-life and going to warn others.

Black, you see, decided that a woman needs ?to be convinced that abortion is a morally legitimate procedure, even after knowing what it involves.? So she took viewers on her journey of learning to accept abortion as legitimate. She believed in showing real images and would ?engage with the reality? in order to deny that reality and, therefore, dull the consciences of hundreds of thousands of women.

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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