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Smart Phones Provide Mobile Tool to Help Women Choose Life

by | Jul 5, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

When you are at the annual National Right to Life Convention, it is not unusual to have people come up to thank you for something that appeared in National Right to Life News or in National Right to Life News Today.

Gosh, six years ago [!] Holly Smith wrote a wonderful story of what came to be known as “Truth Booths.” (The story is so good I am re-publishing it below.)

Truth Booths are unmanned kiosks showing ultrasound images of the developing unborn child in the womb. Millions have already seen them at malls, community fairs, schools and other public and private venues throughout the United States and Canada.

The mission is to educate the public on the pre-natal development of the child in the womb using ultrasound video footage. It is factual and scientific, presented in an ingenious, gentle format that allows all age groups to comprehend our early development with clarity.

The originator of that concept has handed the day-to-day operations off to the Cleveland Right to Life Education Fund. Last week he was eager to thank NRL News for the original story and for us to learn about a genuinely revolutionary step forward in widening the impact of this incredibly powerful tool.

That quantum leap forward is something is QR Codes. They are nothing more than squares dots arranged in a square pattern on a white background.  In this case when read with “Smart Phone,” the viewer is taken directly to a three-minute video that shows 3D and 4D ultrasound images of developing children from eight to 34 weeks.

The potential impact is staggering.

“Imagine sitting in the waiting room of an abortion clinic and being able to see 3D and 4D ultrasound images of an unborn child through literature provided by a sidewalk counselor,” said Molly Smith, president of Cleveland Right to Life. “Statistics show that many women considering an abortion who see an ultrasound choose life.”

The QR code image can be downloaded free at It can be printed on the back of any business card or piece of literature.

The images at the Truth Booth are absolutely non-controversial. But there are only so many places they can be installed.

With the QR code, a woman about to make a life and death decision is given the opportunity to see her baby. She doesn’t have to be literally about to walk in the front door of the abortion clinic. She can see what a baby looks like at any time after she learns she is pregnant and BEFORE she locks herself into thinking she MUST abort.

National Right to Life Educational Director Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon hailed this new pro-life educational tool.

“You can think of it as a life-affirming counterpart to webcam abortions,” he said. The abortionist uses technology—webcams—to multiple the number of abortions. The abortionist can be located hundreds of miles away from the woman but the RU486 is dispensed by remote control.

“Here it is the woman who is using technology—the Smart Phone—that may well result in a life-affirming outcome,” O’Bannon said. “She can be thousands of miles away from the Truth Booth and still be able to see what her baby looks like.”

“Now this is the way our new communications technology is supposed to be used — to save lives, not to destroy them.”

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