COL INTERVIEW with Mark Crutcher: Pro-Life fighter launches new campaign, are current tactics enough?
Tragically, abortion is still legal after 40 years of struggle.
Life Dynamics, an anti-abortion pro-life organization fighting to end abortion has come out with a new brochure that tells the graphic and startling story of 18-year-old Marla Cardamone, who was killed along with her unborn baby, when she walked into a "safe" abortion clinic for a "safe" procedure.
Mark Crutcher, President of Life Dynamics spoke with Catholic Online this morning.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The brochure is the centerpiece of a new publicity campaign for Life Dynamics, which prompted Catholic Online to conduct an interview with the very gracious Life Dynamics President, Mark Crutcher.
COL: Mark, my wife is giving birth in a few weeks to our first baby. Obviously this is a very difficult issue for me to discuss at a time like this. Why are you doing this?
Crutcher: The issue is serious and heavy, it's obviously not a light subject but what we have to remember is all of us, if we want to win this thing, there are times we will have to get out of our comfort zone. I didn't like designing this brochure. You'd have to be pretty sick not to be wiped out by this.
COL: What is the purpose of the campaign?
Crutcher: It's to show the American people a side of the abortion issue that has been hidden from the American people. They have jumped through hoops to keep people from knowing about it.
Crutcher explained the essence of the problem, which is that Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion lobby have managed to convince most Americans that abortion is a safe, clinical procedure.
However, to believe this requires a certain level of ignorance. First, one must deny the reality that individual life begins at conception, and second one must be ignorant of the fact that less than half of all people who enter an abortion clinic emerge alive. Even fewer unscathed. In fact, perhaps every person who endures an abortion is physically and mentally damaged in some way by the experience, not to mention the spiritual cost.
Crutcher said about the abortion industry, "We're going to hold their feet to the fire and make them explain this to the American people," referring to what happened to Marla.
"You have an 18 year old girl who climbed up on that abortionist's table and ended up a few hours later on an autopsy table," he said.
"The only contact most Americans have with death are funerals. Funerals are pretty sterile. That's the image most people have of death. But when a young girl like Marla goes into one of these places and winds up on an autopsy table it's not pretty. You're going to see it," he warned.
COL: Who do you want to reach with this campaign?
Crutcher: Every person in the US. The greatest thing would be to see this carried on national television so every person in American could see this. I'd like to see this on TV, and ask Americans "now are you comfortable with this?" Unfortunately, you and both know that won't happen because of the bias in the media.
COL: Mark, I've seen these kinds of campaigns before. I've seen the images of children murdered in the womb. Frankly, they disgust me. They upset me. However, we both know there are people out there who are so invested in their belief that they have become callous. They will simply tune this out and go right on preaching murder. Really, how is this going to impact them?
Crutcher: How is this going to impact them? They're not winnable. You write them off. They don't have values. Because of their involvement with abortion, their souls are so completely seared and they're so blinded by their love of abortion, they see things like this and they don't care.
COL: That makes sense, Mark. I recall watching a documentary about Auschwitz. They interviewed some of the former Nazi staff in the 80s and 90s. Until their dying days, many of them had no regrets. They were just doing their jobs they said. They were just Jews. It reminds me of the people who do this work and makes me wonder what they must say to themselves.
Crutcher: Their consciousness and souls are completely hollow.
COL: Mark, how do you plan to disseminate this message? How will you reach the most vulnerable - those faced with an unintended or complicated pregnancy?
Crutcher: We win them over by showing them the reality of what's going on here. Social media and the internet. The [mainstream] media isn't going to show it. We will use direct action through pro-life advocates around the country. We'll use the internet and social media. We'll use whatever venue we can find.
COL: How do you measure the results of these campaigns? Do you have any analytics by which to measure success?
Crutcher: You can't measure them. How do you quantify that? Anytime you do this, there has to be an element of faith here. I don't believe large percentages of the American people who do see this are not going to be affected by it.
COL: Mark, I know of kids who play these video games that involve ...
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