The Hand of Hope — Ten Years Later

The Hand of Hope

The Hand of Hope (c) Michael Clancy

I recently met Michael Clancy at the National Right to Life Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.  I could not believe that it’s been 10 years since the famous photo (at right) taken by Michael was first published.

Michael was a freelance photojournalist who was documenting an in utero operation on a baby with spina bifida.  Suddenly, the baby (later named Samuel) reached out of the womb to grab the surgeon’s finger.  Samuel was only 21 weeks old at that time.

Fox News recently published an article about Samuel and what he’s doing now, including winning first place in swimming competitions.

In the article, Michael says that he was pro-choice before the assignment that led to the photograph.  But because of what he witnessed during this surgery, he became pro-life.  Now he is a full-time motivational speaker for pro-life groups.  Click here to go to his website to read the story and see his speaking schedule.

Maybe it’s just me, but…I think we should never forget that the baby in the womb is exactly that–a baby!  Regardless of how the pro-choice folks try to denigrate the life in the womb by calling him a “glob of cells,” “mass of tissue,” or the “product of conception,” we must always return to the one undeniable fact that the life in the womb is a human life that is worthy of our love and protection. With compassion and hope, let’s show mothers (and fathers) struggling with life and death choices understand that there are alternatives to abortion when told that the baby they are carrying is “less than perfect.”

3 thoughts on “The Hand of Hope — Ten Years Later

  1. Pretty good post. I just found your site and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon!

    1. Thank you for your comment, Jenna. I’m somewhat of a perfectionist and writing is difficult for me because I have to write, re-write, and then re-write a third time before I post something. But I’m trying hard to post more information as it comes to me. Thanks again.

  2. Ed,
    We published a similar photo in our issue on creation. it is a powerful image! We have friends whose daughter was born 3 months premature. She weighed 1lb 3oz. She is now up to 1lb. 15 oz. How can we struggle to keep these little ones born early alive and healthy, yet allow others to kill them before these babies even have a chance to live outside their mother’s womb? Our culture is very duplicitous in life issues.

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