Photo-shopping a Fetus
Metaxas observes an amazing trend in the technological world:
But technology can also be a huge advantage in the fight to recognize and protect the sanctity of human life-every human life. For example, pro-lifers have worked diligently to place sonogram machines into pregnancy care clinics, and the presence of these high-tech wonders-which clearly show the humanity of the fetus-has no doubt contributed mightily to a substantial drop in the abortion rate, as well as a marked increase in the percentage of Americans who consider themselves to be pro-life.
It seems that our technological prowess doesn’t so much corrupt our hearts as reveal what’s in them.
You can see this principle in action in a recent article in Slate magazine. The writer, Allison Benedikt, recounts “the latest in baby-making fads,” such as midwives and birth photographers. But what really gets her attention: “Pregnant woman are Photoshopping sonograms onto their naked stomach glamour-shots.”
Imagine Demi Moore’s famous Vanity Fair cover pose with a representation of the growing human life inside her for all to see.
For Benedikt, such uses of technology are troubling-even “bad for women.” She writes, “… 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.”