The debate over whether abortion victim images are effective has been going on inside the pro-life movement for years. But today, more and more proof is emerging that shows the images are having a lasting impact on society. This was never more evident than when a pro-life activist discovered why he received an invitation to speak on a college campus.
Don Blythe refers to himself as a Christian Abolitionist, and founded At the Well Ministries. He has been involved in pro-life ministry work for over 32 years and has rescued thousands of preborn babies from the grip of death. He regularly witnesses outside abortion clinics. In addition, his Project Truth outreach has handed out tens of thousands of brochures in front of high schools. And, that campus outreach has taken his team to over a hundred colleges: from Stanford to UC Berkeley, Santa Barbara City College to Shasta College, UNLV to Oregon State to Laney College Oakland.
It was such an outreach that led Blythe to discover that something seemingly insignificant that took place years before would create a wide open door for him to testify about the truth of abortion at a Northern California campus. If the name Blythe sounds familiar it should. He is the uncle of a special young woman whose short life on this earth changed many during her service in pro-life movement. Blythe’s niece, Kortney was introduced to the reality of abortion as a young girl and dedicated her life to seeing it abolished. But, in 2011, after years speaking the truth of abortion in various ministries, Kortney was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident.
Kortney would often join her uncle during his campus outreach programs. It was during one such event that a College professor approached Kortney and asked her which one of them wanted to come and take on his sociology class. Courtney told the professor that either she or her “Uncle Don” would go and according to Blythe, she gave him her uncle’s phone number.
“Hey uncle Don here is a speaking engagement for you,” Blythe recalled her telling him.
Blythe told Saynsumthn that he vividly remembered the precise way the professor extended the invitation.
“He said how about next Wednesday you come to the class. Don you come to the class and raise your flag and see if anyone will salute. You have an hour and a half.”
So, the Christian Abolitionist said he went home and put together a powerpoint presentation. He showed up at the class prepared to speak and show the students a video which contained images of abortion in graphic detail.
“I tell the students ahead of time, during my presentation I won’t show you disturbing pictures of injustice. I won’t spring it on you – but at some point in my presentation I will have a 7 minute video to show. If you choose to leave or close your eyes you can do that.
I have never seen one person close their eyes but two or three have walked out.”
According to Blythe, after he shows the video of the abortion victims, he has documented that the class generally changes their view on abortion from 80% pro-choice to about 30%. In addition, he has had students who watched the video now call abortion murder!
Blythe said that although he has asked several professors to allow him to speak to their class, no one ever responded before until this the professor stepped forward. So, when the professor invited Blythe back for the second semester, it peaked Blythe’s curiosity, prompting him to ask:
“I appreciate you having me in the class – but what promoted you to allow me to come into your classroom?”
The professor’s response surprised even Blythe and has convinced him all the more that the use of abortion victim imagery will leave a long lasting positive impression on many people. Below is what Blythe recalled the professor telling him was his reason for the invitation:
“Let me tell you, I think probably the reason is that when I was in elementary school, I was getting ready to go into my mom’s car after school and I saw this old woman holding a graphic picture of an abortion.
“That had a very real influence on me, without giving away my views it had an influence to allow you to come in to give your presentation.”
So, because a little old lady stood on street corner holding a graphic image to a bunch of elementary schools students at a school in Ohio, Blythe has been enabled to share the truth with many students today. And, that was not the end of the story. According to Blythe, the professor said that after he speaks there are students that keep their babies.
Blythe recalled his words:
“Let me tell you something Don, just between you and me, I want you to know there are a number of students who have come up and talked to me over the years after the class. Your presentation has influenced them to not have an abortion. One young lady even skipped her class to sit in on your class because she heard you were going to be speaking.”
Blythe ended his account of this story by paying honor to the old lady who once held a graphic abortion image on a sidewalk, noting that it opened up doors to share life and save babies years later. But Blythe also observed that the woman probably never knew the profound impact that she had on that once young elementary school boy who lived in Ohio at the time. And, such is the work every pro-life activist.