Abortion-related Stock Photos for Media Use
How many times have you seen an article about abortion that is accompanied by a stock photo of a pregnant woman obviously in the third trimester? Such photos are inaccurate and inappropriate. Portraying a heavily pregnant woman in the context of abortion simply feeds the anti-abortion myth that women routinely have abortions right up to the 9th month of pregnancy. Pairing such a picture with an article on abortion may even directly contradict the facts and arguments in the piece.
In reality, the vast majority of abortions occur in the first trimester (90% in Canada) and virtually none in the 3rd trimester. Further, a growing proportion of abortions are performed very early, especially in countries such as the U.S. and western Europe where mifepristone (RU-486) is available. 61.8% of abortions in the U.S. are done before 9 weeks (Guttmacher). In 2003 in Canada, 41.6% of reported abortions were done before 9 weeks (StatsCan). However, the real number for Canada must be considerably higher because abortion clinics do far more early abortions than hospitals, and many clinics don’t report to Statistics Canada. In the last decade, it has become possible to do surgical abortions as early as 5 weeks, and most clinics in Canada now do so.
The pictures below are for general use (by permission of www.gynmed.at). Please distribute and reproduce freely. Also, anytime you see a “pregnant woman” photo or other inappropriate picture illustrating an article about abortion, please send this link to the writer or media outlet and ask them to replace the photo. (It’s easy! When I emailed the photos to the Belfast Telegraph, they immediately replaced their pregnant woman photo with one of these.)