Pro-lifers scream bloody murder
Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012 15:07
The Friendship Walk screamed bloody murder Monday and Tuesday. Anti-abortion group The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform posted huge pictures of detached baby parts and fetuses and compared abortion to genocide.
This was more than a little over the top, and it certainly wasn't ethical. In fact, based on Supreme Court cases on freedom of speech rights, this group shouldn't even be allowed to show these big graphic pictures.
I asked one of the pamphleteers for the group how they managed to get the authorization to scream bloody murder. She dodged the question, saying that their group has the right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment. I also asked her how much the group paid and she gave the ubiquitous "I don't know" answer.
She did admit that they rented the space out. Somehow, they also managed to get police officers to "protect" the group. Although they have the right to physical protection, they do not have the legal protection to do this type of display. But if a group has the money, it seems they still may find other ways to pass through the legal framework.
This is the sad truth of corporate America — as long as anti-abortion groups have the money to continue their operations, they probably have the ability to express whatever they bloody hell want. This includes showing manipulated pictures of severed fetuses and babies' legs from illegal abortions.
Their argument in their pamphlets is just as hypocritical. The group constantly compares abortion to genocide and slavery and misinterprets quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. to suit their selfish interests. They claim "many mothers contemplating abortion report that they could never give their child up for adoption," but they never attribute this statistic to actual evidence. Believe it or not, they claim our "ignorance" of fetal baby rights is similar to American ignorance about the genocide of Native American tribes.
Their pictures are just as ridiculous. Their visuals claim that there's a connection between the inhumane internment of Japanese Americans in World War II and the "inhumanity" of abortions. They claim that the Holocaust genocide is as brutal as our "love" of abortion.
The group never introduces the possibility that some women might want an abortion instead of bearing the baby of some jerk who raped her.
Oddly enough, The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform claims that "all the guilt and pain and injury of the rape [will] simply be compounded by the guilt and pain and injury of the abortion."
Whoever permitted them to show their bloody art gallery, however, didn't seem to care. Our college officials should be ashamed of letting these groups show propaganda.
Jonathan Oyama is a senior journalism major and an assistant news editor for the Daily Forty-Niner.