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Powerful Photo for the Case of Life: This Could Change Hearts and Minds Over Abortion


The blog Humans of New York (HONY) operates one of the most viral Facebook pages in English-speaking America. The blog chronicles life in New York for everyday New Yorkers. The photographer, Brandon Stanton, spends his day walking around the city, taking photos of residents and sharing their stories with the world. They are at times incredibly powerful, amusing, informative, or introspective. The blog has a history of highlighting varied causes in the city, and was instrumental in raising money for a school after Hurricane Sandy.

Yesterday, the blog posted an image of an interview between Brandon and a young man who he photographed for his blog. The man showed a photo of his young daughter and himself, telling Brandon,

“I was 16 when my girlfriend got pregnant. We went to the abortion clinic on 59th Street. We filled out the papers and everything. Then right before we were called back, we looked at each other, and said: ‘Let’s get out of here.’”

The image is catching on in a big way. Only six hours after it was posted it had already been shared by over 15,000 people, had over half a million “likes” and was commented on over 7,000 times.
The HONY blog isn’t overtly political, though it has been known to share images that endear its message to the Left, like this one about a homosexual “teen” who looked more like a young boy, which received comments from Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and other progressive personalities.
This image, unlike few others in pop culture, has the possibility to change hearts and minds for those outside of the pro-life activism world. It shows the face of a young girl who almost didn’t exist, who wouldn’t have had her parents made a different choice a few years ago in an abortion clinic in Midtown Manhattan. That choice, the choice to leave, saved the life of a beautiful young soul whose father clearly loves her dearly. This young man takes pride in his choice, and is clearly thankful he made it.
Comment below: Do you have any personal stories or testaments to the power of choosing life?