Today, President Trump spoke at the annual March for Life. He has done so in the past live, via satellite, but this was the first year he spoke from the stage in person. This is a big deal!
I think I’m just as excited about a powerful new video ad that was played publicly for the first time from the same stage. It features 14 survivors – human beings born alive after attempts to take their lives through the “procedure” we call “abortion.”
Brace yourself. And watch it here (all the way to the end):
The 2-minute video is produced and directed by 28-year-old Lyric Gillett who also heads the Faces of Choices, a new organization founded to make the public aware of what the term “choice” really means. These brave, heroic survivors are telling the truth like no one can.
“I am convinced that the key to changing the cultural conversation about abortion is within the voices of survivors,” said Gillett. “The idea behind this initiative is that every great civil rights or humanitarian movement of our era has had an actual face of a survivor attached to it, giving it meaning outside of a nebulous concept.”
A case in point was Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy who, in 1955, was brutally murdered after being accused of offending a white woman. The boy’s mother refused to have a closed casket at his funeral because she wanted the world to see the unbearable reality of what had happened to her child.
Who better to dispel the dehumanizing lies told about the unborn child in the womb than those who have survived brutal attempts on their lives? These survivors from all over the world are bravely telling and showing the world the truth about abortion.
Melissa Ohden, founder of the Abortion Survivors Network and one of the featured survivors, introduced the ad from the main stage.
She said that after working for years to connect and support survivors, she “can’t think of a more important time to come together and challenge the world to face the “choice” of abortion and encourage people to ultimately find healing and create a culture of life.
“We wanted to make an ad that showed the many faces of survivors of abortion, to put a face to the ‘choice’ of ending life,” said Gillett. “As much as the abortion industry wants to destigmatize the decision to end a pregnancy, we want to show the lives that were spared despite the death sentence imposed upon them. We often seek to separate the humanity from things that make us uneasy, but when a victim – a survivor – stares you in the eye and tells you their story, a paradigm shift takes place that cannot be conveniently forgotten, and which has the power to change everything.”
Gillett said that in the U.S. alone, thousands of survivors of abortion exist. This short video highlights just a few.
“Abortion advocates need to look these survivors in the eye and come to terms with the fact that they are human,” said Gillett, “that their lives matter and that choice is more than a word: it’s a person.”
Gillett’s team has worked for months to create a shorter version of the ad for placement in the 2020 Super Bowl commercial line-up but were unable to secure a straight answer from the network.
“We are currently looking at other options and outlets and are in talks with various networks,” said Gillett.