Today, our nation remembers the victims of the terror attacks of nineteen years ago in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. Every American remembers where they were when we were attacked, just as we remember where we were when President Ronald Reagan was shot, or when the Challenger space shuttle blew up on take-off, and for those of us old enough when JFK was assassinated. On September 11, 2001, I was in Miami, FL driving one of the Center For Bio-Ethical Reform’s (CBR) Reproductive “Choice” Trucks with my colleagues Fletcher Armstrong, Bill Calvin and Bubba Garrett (pictured above). Just as I was on the phone with local reporters attempting to secure some media coverage of our pro-life billboard truck project, the tragic news came over the radio. I will never forget that day.
I will never forget that fateful day not only because of the devastation it brought to New York and our nation’s capital but because it crystallized in my mind forever the battle to which I have been called. That call is to defend the forgotten victims of terror – America’s unborn children.
Interestingly, more Americans were killed by abortionists on September 11, 2001 (about 4300) than were killed by Islamic terrorists (about 3,000). Assuming 3,000 deaths among the 50,000 people who worked at the World Trade Center, about one in seventeen was killed. One in three unborn babies is killed by abortion every day. On September 11, it would have been six times safer to be a worker in the Twin Towers than it was to be a baby in her mother’s womb.
Why do Americans support the “War on Terror,” but ignore the plight of the unborn?
Why did Americans write big checks to the Red Cross and the United Way, but ignore pro-life organizations, which are struggling to raise funds?
Could it be because the press made the victims of September 11 so painfully real? After all, we were shown pictures of the World Trade Center tragedy on television night after night for weeks and months. Grieving relatives were interviewed. Their backgrounds were profiled. The press also made real the horror of the victim’s deaths. The sight of airliners crashing into skyscrapers tortured us. We were sickened by pictures of people jumping from the upper floors. We gasped as the buildings collapsed into rubble. The images were published and broadcast until they became unbearable. Thus, was forged a national consensus that, somehow, each of us must fight terrorism, personally, regardless of the cost.
Sadly, no such consensus exists concerning abortion — even in the church.
The victims of abortion are anonymous. The horror of abortion is invisible. Of course, American’s aren’t haunted by abortion. How could they be?
The good news for the forgotten unborn victims of terror is that Created Equal and others who use the photographic evidence of abortion intend to change all that. Many pro-lifers hope to do for the public’s perception of abortion what the media has done for people’s understanding of Islamic terrorism. Abortion pictures have been banned from television, newspapers and magazines but we have airplane photos, truck photos and hand-held signs and we are using them to make abortion as unavoidable as the press made the terror of 9/11.
We will continue our outreach on college campuses, and displays on mobile billboards.
3000 Americans died on September 11, 2001 by the hands of foreign terrorists to which our nation rightly mourns. Unfortunately, few Americans realize that on the very next day (and every day since) September 12, 2001 several thousand Americans died at the hands of domestic terrorists (abortionists) and few if any noticed. Sadly, for these victims of terror there is no day of remembrance.
Mark Harrington is the host of Mark Harrington Show and National Director for Created Equal.