I was very angry to read about a misappropriated photograph for a very controversial advertisement.
Last month, "Shout Your Abortion," a pro-abortion organization who seeks to normalize the killing of children, published a story to their website titled, “I am 23 and I have had 3 abortions. YES I HAVE!”
The story was purportedly submitted by a woman named Heather. Readers were made to believe the cover image was one of the writer, but it has since been discovered the photo was stolen.
Molly Schaap, the actual woman pictured, reached out to Canadian pro-life organization Choice42 after seeing her photo circulating on social media.
"My name is Molly. I am 24 and want to make it clear that I have never had an abortion. I was horrified to wake up yesterday and learn that a photo of me was stolen and used without my permission or knowledge on a post for “Shout Your Abortion,” a website that encourages women to share the stories of their abortions,” Schaap states.
Molly goes on to reveal she is actually very pro-life and has even donated to pro-life causes.
There's more at the link.
I think the misappropriation of Molly's photograph was unconscionable, given the controversy surrounding the subject. Her image was the target of many crude, vitriolic comments after it was published, and she may have to endure the fallout from such reactions for years to come. She's being very Christian and forgiving in her comments (see the link above), but that won't stop her being persecuted for something she didn't do.
What's more, one can't help but suspect that her image was deliberately chosen for such misuse because of her views on abortion. I wouldn't be surprised if it was intended to shame or embarrass her. Although politics isn't as controversial as abortion, it's as if a dedicated Republican's photograph was used as a fake endorsement for a Democrat, or vice versa. If such lies are not acceptable political tactics, why should they be over so highly charged a topic as abortion?
Finally, of course, if "Shout Your Abortion" is willing to use and/or allow and/or endorse such tactics, it speaks volumes about that organization's ethics and standards - none of it encouraging. If people can't honestly put forward their position, but are willing to lie and misrepresent the facts in order to get it across, they certainly don't deserve our trust - much less our support.