With momentum on their side, the pro-life movement took their cause, the cause of life, to New York City’s Times Square.
And what an attention getter it was.
Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life activist whose story is featured in the hit movie “Unplanned,” amplified her unborn baby’s heartbeat for all to hear as she underwent a 4D ultrasound Saturday in Times Square.
“The most beautiful sound – the sound of life!!!” read a tweet from the pro-life group, March for Life, that included a clip of the dramatic moment, to include when a crowd of thousands broke out in applause at the sound.
The hashtag, #AliveFromNewYork, lifted from the famous “Saturday Night Live” lead-in, “Live from New York!”
— March for Life (@March_for_Life) May 4, 2019
A very pregnant Johnson appeared on stage after the procedure.
“This is a baby! It’s not a cat or a parasite,” she said while patting her stomach. “It is a human being with a heartbeat. With its own DNA, that’s separate from my body. And this baby deserves to live.”
— March for Life (@March_for_Life) May 4, 2019
And to be clear what the end goal is, Johnson added: “We will see a day when abortion in this country is unthinkable.”
A longer clip of the remarkable moment is seen below — the voice heard coming from where the ultrasound was being administered.
The beautiful, sacred moment when tens of thousands of people in Times Square and around the world watched and listened as a live ultrasound was performed … and then found out it was @AbbyJohnson’s precious little one whose heartbeat made us all cry.#AliveFromNewYork pic.twitter.com/bfNxAVELge
— Focus on the Family (@FocusFamily) May 4, 2019
Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian group, organized the event titled, “Alive From New York,” in response to Democrats in the state legislature passing a late-term abortion bill that allows the killing of a baby up to the point of birth in some cases.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio lit up the World Trade Center in pink to celebrate the highly controversial legislation.
“Our hope is that people walking into Times Square on Saturday will look up to the screens and lift-up in prayer every abortion-minded woman,” Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, told Fox News.
“They say a picture is worth a thousand words,” he added. “Well, the picture of a baby is actually of inestimable worth. It’s a snapshot of the future and a million possibilities yet to come.”
The choice of venue was no accident, as explained by March for Life President Jeanne Mancini.
“We wanted to make a statement. Gov. Cuomo has said something along the lines of pro-lifers aren’t welcome in New York,” Mancini said. “Well, here we are in Times Square and life should be welcomed wherever we are, and from what we’ve heard pro-life New Yorkers are really appalled by this legislation and they want to protect the dignity of the unborn and make their voices heard.”
The effort drew the focus of Vice President Mike Pence, as seen in a tweet promoting the event.
“As Democrat Governors in NY & VA advocate for late-term abortion & even infanticide – & Democrats in Congress refuse to allow a vote on the Born-Alive bill – TODAY in Times Square an ultrasound will be shown for all to see, demonstrating the miracle of life,” Pence tweeted beforehand.
As Democrat Governors in NY & VA advocate for late term abortion & even infanticide – & Democrats in Congress refuse to allow a vote on the Born-Alive bill – TODAY in Times Square an ultrasound will be shown for all to see, demonstrating the miracle of life. #AliveFromNewYork
— Vice President Mike Pence Archived (@VP45) May 4, 2019
One thing is certain, the planned theatrics was highly popular with the pro-life crowd, as seen in the responses below from Twitter:
Love that you did the ultrasound on baby Johnson and that Ashley introduces Abby. Brilliant
— Ann Niermeyer (@Lifefordays40) May 4, 2019
Most beautiful sound to every expectant mother!
— Becky Haddad (@haddad_becky) May 4, 2019
It’s a miracle that is growing inside – You are wonderfully made, little one! God is knitting you together in perfect love!
— Erica Beeson (@erica_beeson) May 5, 2019
Hope this beautiful event can be repeated each year. Would be great to have a mother’s ultrasound through each stage of development ? It would change hearts.
— LMartin (@LucesMartin) May 4, 2019
Thank you Abby for giving the unborn a voice. Yes, that is a life and those who want to snuff this life out will answer to the Lord in time. We must speak louder than those who know not what they do or don’t care.
— Lady Patriot (@Lookuptoone) May 4, 2019
Recently saw Unplanned and encouraged all my family members to see it as well. The success of the movie despite all the adversity is a testament to the fact we serve a BIG God!
— Elijah Shoesmith (@ElijahShoesmith) May 4, 2019
Thank you to all who were present in Times Square. Bless you
— Staroflife (@Xmedcom21) May 5, 2019
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