Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A Different Sort of Ad

Blogging will be light today and tomorrow due to the demands of work. (Y'know, the stuff I actually get paid to do!)

But I did want to point out and link to these cool ads I saw the other day on BART.

They are thought provoking, without being confrontational. They are quiet. They are sponsored by the Diocese of Oakland's Respect Life Committee.

But you'd never know that unless you read the very fine print.

I didn't realize it until I read this article in the current issue of The Catholic Voice, which is the diocesan paper: BART riders see pro-life message

According to the article: Monika Rodman, Respect Life resource specialist, said the aim is “to move hearts and minds toward greater support for our preborn brothers and sisters” and to educate “Catholics and the broader public about the extreme nature of our country’s abortion law.” The ads, which appear in two versions, were developed by the Second Look Project of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and were on display last January in Washington, D.C. buses and Metro cars. Each contains a photo of a young woman and includes facts about present abortion law.

I, for one, am very glad to see the Church speak out about abortion in a very public way. And to bring to the discussion the questions and the facts that many people would rather ignore. I wish this had been done earlier--like during the special election when one of the propositions was about parental notification. But that might have been seen as "politicking" and outside the purview of the Church. (Funny--it's only outside the purview of the Church when it's a position the Libs don't like. When the Church speaks out about just wages or corporate evil, that's perfectly okay.)

Read the article. This campaign has been done in other cities, in other public transit systems. I think it should be adopted nationwide.