Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Instagram Influencer Triggers Fanbase with Pro-Life Message

 

I have a few guilty pleasures, and this is one: I love following young, skinny and tanned mothers absolutely killing it on Instagram. They’re usually Mormon with a gaggle of kids, and their messages are always filled with sunshine and light. They have a wide fanbase, a cross-section of women from every economic, political and social perspectives and the key to their success is not offending any cross-section of fans.

Ellen Fisher is a vegan, natural mother homeschooling in Hawaii, pregnant with her third baby. She posts about food, her kids, her idyllic lifestyle in paradise. And this week, she tossed a match into a powderkeg with this pro-life message:

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At 15 weeks pregnant the baby inside of me has unique, one-of-a kind fingerprints that are visible already. He/she has fingers and tiny fingernails and toes and eyes and a face and developing organs. The baby’s heart is pumping roughly 25 quarts of blood every day and will continue as he develops in the womb. She has reflexes and can open and close her fingers and make movement with her mouth. Between 15 to 20 weeks baby will double in size. As his body grows, his nervous system is rapidly maturing. His nerves are connecting his brain to the rest of his body, traveling to the brain and then down the spine and beginning to extend into his torso and limbs. Sensory development is picking up speed and her brain is designating special areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision and touch. As your baby grows he creates a strong connection to you and is learning who you are. She can sense your mood and temperament. And just 21 days following conception – the baby’s organs start to develop, and the heart begins to beat. These developmental milestones often take place before the mother even knows she is pregnant. How amazing is the miracle of growing babies! Babies in the womb have intrinsic value. The difference between us and them is time.

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It’s hardly explosive content; Fisher is merely stating scientific facts about fetal development and expressing her awe about the humanity of her tiny baby in the womb. And for that, her page exploded with outraged fans aghast that she might possibly value her unborn baby as a human being, that she may dare hold a view on abortion and the intrinsic value of life unlike theirs.

But while there has been an avalanche of vitriol and reportedly, death threats, so too has there been an outpouring of love and support from pro-life Americans. Fisher took a risk in stating her beliefs publicly, risking alienating a fanbase over the most divisive issue in American culture and politics. This isn’t just about angering people; Fisher took a real gamble stating her unpopular opinion (in pop culture, at least) when her popularity and income is derived from keeping her fans happy. It’s encouraging to see someone take a stand, against all of their better interests, to acknowledge what is right. And so, the least pro-life Americans can do is lend their support to her in turn, as they’ve already started doing in the comments on this latest post.

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There are 17 comments.

  1. Merrijane Member

    Seems bizarre that followers of a woman who is obviously religious and values her children so highly would be surprised to find out she’s pro-life. I wonder if maybe most of the vitriol spewers weren’t actually her followers. 

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    • December 2, 2019, at 8:22 PM PST
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  2. Doctor Robert Member

    What a beautiful message. Thank you for posting it.

    • #2
    • December 2, 2019, at 8:55 PM PST
    • 8 likes
  3. Doug Watt Member

    When I go to Mass and I see young families with their children, whether it is one child, or more I just think that mom and dad are generous. That gives me hope, and for that I’m grateful.

    • #3
    • December 2, 2019, at 9:25 PM PST
    • 11 likes
  4. Jon1979 Lincoln

    As liberal a company as General Electric became under CEO Jeffrey Imhelt, the irony on the abortion front was it was products like the company’s 3-D imaging sonogram software that so sharpened what could be observed in the womb it really made it harder for abortion rights backers to deny what’s in there at 10-15 weeks isn’t a baby, and we’re now almost two decades down the line from those machines coming out. It was far easier to make the case for things like second trimester abortions when the best sonograms could do were murky 2-D images of something, where doctors had to point out specific parts of the fetus to the parent(s).

    • #4
    • December 2, 2019, at 9:51 PM PST
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  5. BastiatJunior Member

    So it isn’t about “right to choose” after all.

    • #5
    • December 2, 2019, at 11:21 PM PST
    • 8 likes
  6. Mark Wilson Member

    She’ll rue the day she crossed the Party of Science.

    • #6
    • December 3, 2019, at 12:29 AM PST
    • 12 likes
  7. Samuel Block Member

    BastiatJunior (View Comment):

    So it isn’t about “right to choose” after all.

    This is a genuine shock.

    • #7
    • December 3, 2019, at 12:44 AM PST
    • 3 likes
  8. Instugator Thatcher

    Mark Wilson (View Comment):

    She’ll rue the day she crossed the “Party of Science.”

    You forgot the irony quotes. FIFY

    • #8
    • December 3, 2019, at 4:04 AM PST
    • 5 likes
  9. Songwriter Member

    So…unquestioned medical facts that every MD knows to be true are cause for vitriol from the Left. I’m not surprised. The Left never lets the facts get in the way of their political positions.

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    • December 3, 2019, at 5:00 AM PST
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  10. GrannyDude Member

    Songwriter (View Comment):

    So…unquestioned medical facts that every MD knows to be true are cause for vitriol from the Left. I’m not surprised. The Left never lets the facts get in the way of their political positions.

    That is the loonie part, isn’t it? She didn’t add “…and killing this little person inside of me would be a horrible sin…” let alone “if you’ve every had an abortion, you murdered a little person just like this one.” She literally stated facts.

    • #10
    • December 3, 2019, at 6:05 AM PST
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  11. Dr. Bastiat Member

    Songwriter (View Comment):

    So…unquestioned medical facts that every MD knows to be true are cause for vitriol from the Left. I’m not surprised. The Left never lets the facts get in the way of their political positions.

    The left is anti-science. Simple.

    They make their case for global warming not with data but with contemptuous 16 year old girls. They falsify and then ignore science, and then emphasize the emotional guilt trip of the well-off.

    What’s weird is that to be pro-choice, you have to ignore the science AND the emotional guilt trip. Not so easy to do…

    • #11
    • December 3, 2019, at 6:07 AM PST
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  12. Seawriter Member

    Environmentalism is a pagan death cult. Really a pagan death religion. Attack the core belief of any religion and you will get pushback from true believers. They burn heretics, don’t they? Although with the carbon footprint of burning, these death cultists will likely bring back pressing heretics to death (with rocks from good ol’ Mother Gaia), or putting them in weighted sacks and casting them into the sea or lake.

    • #12
    • December 3, 2019, at 6:22 AM PST
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  13. Spin Coolidge

    Mark Wilson (View Comment):

    She’ll rue the day she crossed the Party of Science.

    I bet she won’t.

    • #13
    • December 3, 2019, at 6:27 AM PST
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  14. Titus Techera Contributor

    Glad to see the young lady is both about the life of love & mothering, & about speaking up about what life really means–what it is to love a living, embodied being that will one day do the same in turn.

    We should be happy to stan her! It’s good to be human!

    • #14
    • December 3, 2019, at 6:29 AM PST
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  15. Full Size Tabby Member

    Merrijane (View Comment):

    Seems bizarre that followers of a woman who is obviously religious and values her children so highly would be surprised to find out she’s pro-life. I wonder if maybe most of the vitriol spewers weren’t actually her followers.

    I too wondered if the vitriolic comments came from people who came there solely to express their vitriol. 

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    • December 3, 2019, at 11:05 AM PST
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  16. Songwriter Member

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):
    What’s weird is that to be pro-choice, you have to ignore the science AND the emotional guilt trip. Not so easy to do…

    The typical Leftist response to the challenge of completely incongruous thinking: “Hold my beer…”

    • #16
    • December 4, 2019, at 10:43 AM PST
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  17. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Songwriter (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):
    What’s weird is that to be pro-choice, you have to ignore the science AND the emotional guilt trip. Not so easy to do…

    The typical Leftist response to the challenge of completely incongruous thinking: “Hold my beer…”

    Remember when the RU-486 “Morning After” pill was developed in France? Abortion supporters loved that, and loved Bill Clinton making it legal for import. In their minds, people who opposed it were the anti-science Luddites.

    But when it comes to things like 3-D sonogram scanners or other pre- and post-natal medical advances that make second trimester babies viable outside the womb, that’s where the abortion backers want to pretend it’s still 1973, and all medical technology is frozen in amber from that date forward. (which is standard on the left, where scientific advances that go against their political beliefs suddenly make their love of effing science disappear, whether it’s abortion, genetic crop manipulation, or horrizontal fracking).

    • #17
    • December 4, 2019, at 11:19 AM PST
    • 4 likes