One of the biggest hurdles the pro-life movement has to clear is convincing pro-abortion activists that preborn children are independent, living human beings. We must show these children are not just a clump of cells that the mother can remove at will.
Ultrasounds have been powerful tools to dispel this myth, and as science and medicine advance, it has become increasingly difficult to deny the humanity of preborn children. Still, how do we give these children a voice?
A pro-life feminist group in Chile found a genius way to do just that.
Reivindica Feminist Movement confronted the abortion culture in Chile with an amazing demonstration in October. The women met at Plaza de la Constitution, and then they marched together to the government buildings. But they didn’t chant or carry signs; instead, they let their preborn babies do all the talking. The women strapped fetal monitors to their stomachs, amplifying the sound of their babies’ heartbeats with megaphones.
Preborn babies have no say in the basic choice of whether they live or die. That choice is solely up to their mothers, who can decide to snuff out their lives — for any reason whatsoever — throughout the U.S. and in many countries of the world. But the powerful protest by the women of Chile is a stark reminder that these babies are human beings from the very beginning. These are living people with beating hearts. (A new scientific study recently discovered that babies’ hearts begin to beat as early as 16 days after conception.)
Reivindica Feminist Movement also wanted to combat the abortion industry’s mantra that ‘reproductive rights’ (translation, abortion) is synonymous with womanhood. RFM showed the world that being pro-abortion does not equal being ‘pro-woman.’ They reminded their society — and all of us — that it’s actually life and motherhood that is empowering and fulfilling, not abortion.