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Famous photo changed man's view on abortion, now he hopes to change other hearts
My Catholic Standard ^ | 29 Sep 2009 | LYNNEA PRUZINSKY MUMOLA

Posted on 10/02/2009 9:26:47 PM PDT by AncientAirs

Ten years ago, the subject of a news photograph - a 21-week-old fetus - reached his arm outside his mother's womb during prenatal surgery. A photographer captured the image of a tiny hand grasping the gloved hand of a surgeon. In the months that followed the publication of his photograph, Michael Clancy, a freelance photojournalist, found himself deeply committed to the fight to end abortion and having to choose a new career. For Clancy would end up in the middle of a heated political controversy and instead of reporting news, he suddenly became the news.

On Sept. 18, Clancy shared the story behind the photograph as well as his journey toward personal faith with over 40 people gathered at Sacred Heart Parish in Bowie. Sponsored by Defend Life, Clancy used a power point presentation to illustrate the "miraculous picture" of Baby Samuel at the end of a one-hour in vitro surgical procedure to limit the effects of spina bifida.

"After witnessing Samuel's struggle," Clancy said, he came to realize "a child deserves all legal protection."

After the surgery, Clancy sent the film to USA Today which published the photograph in September of 1999. Once processed, the film revealed a series of four photos. In the first two, the baby's hand can be seen reaching out of the surgical incision and in the third photograph the baby's fingers tighten around the surgeon.

Later the doctor, Joseph Bruner, granted interviews telling the media he posed the baby's hand for the photographer. "The doctor still claims, he pulled the hand outside the womb," Clancy noted. In his presentation, Clancy explained exactly where he was standing and described how he saw movement of the woman's uterus in the moments before pointing and shooting the photographs. "My picture is not posed," Clancy added.

Clancy, whose pro-life advocacy continued to grow, eventually found that these questions about his credibility ground his photographic career to a halt. Unable to get any photo assignments after publicly speaking out against abortion, Clancy became a full-time advocate against abortion.

In 2003, Clancy shared his famous photograph and testimony with Congress. Along with Samuel and his family , Clancy helped persuade the lawmakers to pass the law banning partial-birth abortion. Later, the photographer was invited to the White House when the bill was signed into law.

Today he shares his photograph and the story of his faith in God to persuade others to change their hearts about abortion. "God speaks to people through this photograph," Clancy said.

He runs a website featuring the powerful image and said he responds to each and every e-mail. Although there have been a few discouraging notes, Clancy said he is buoyed by hundreds of notes in support of his work. He cited several e-mails grateful for his photograph because it prevented a loved-one from going through with abortion. Clancy read excerpts from a woman who wrote to him because she became a grandmother after her daughter saw the photo and couldn't get an abortion.

Clancy described himself as blessed to have been able to take the photograph that altered lives. But he credits the entire experience to God. "I deserve actually no credit for this picture," Clancy said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: abortion; life; samuelarmas
"I want to hold your hand ... I want to hold your hand !"
1 posted on 10/02/2009 9:26:47 PM PDT by AncientAirs
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To: AncientAirs

An epiphany of God in history. He really doesn’t hide himself. We just turn away so we don’t have to see him.


2 posted on 10/02/2009 9:36:51 PM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE HOMO!)
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To: AncientAirs

3 posted on 10/02/2009 9:38:41 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: AncientAirs

The latest in a very effective series of Anti-Abortion billboards just went up in St. Louis:

Along with the latest high resolution images proving the increasingly undeniable evidence of life in the womb, is the heart-stopping, arresting question:

Will Anyone Hold the Baby’s Hand During the Abortion?


4 posted on 10/02/2009 9:46:12 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: pissant; AncientAirs
What an amazing picture. This 21 week old “blob of tissue” has fingernails and fingerprints and a brain with brainwaves sufficient enough to tell the hand to grasp the doctor's finger. Yet, abortion clinics (abortuaries) routinely advertise abortions up to 22 weeks!

These precious lives are being snuffed out for no more reason than convenience at the pace of over 1 million per year in our country alone. Their blood will not be unanswered. America and the world WILL face the Creator and will pay a terrible price for such barbarity.

What are we going to do about this people? We must not elect anyone who doesn't understand that the right to life is the preeminent right over all else.

5 posted on 10/02/2009 9:57:09 PM PDT by boatbums (Pro-woman, pro-child, pro-life!)
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To: AncientAirs

The pro-aborts are so pathetic.

As though, if the surgeon “posed” the hand, it’s NOT A HAND!?!?!?


6 posted on 10/03/2009 1:27:02 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy’s America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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