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Pro-life group brings graphic images to Hornbake
The (University of Maryland) Diamondback ^ | 9-30 | Cristina Abello

Posted on 09/30/2003 7:07:08 PM PDT by ForOurFuture

A pro-life advocacy group using large banners depicting bloody, aborted fetuses incited student debate on Hornbake Mall under University Police supervision yesterday in a demonstration that will continue today.

Members of the university chapter of Students for Life, along with representatives from the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, set up a large ring of posters depicting fetuses and dead bodies of Holocaust and black lynching victims.

Demonstrators linked abortion with those atrocities. Mark Harrington, one of the center's directors, said abortion was "contemporary genocide." The demonstration disgusted many students and provoked others into debate with the activists.

"It's horribly offensive," said Molly Girona, a junior art and education major. "I don't want to have to look at that on my way to class. I don't think it should be pushed on me."

"I don't think they should prove a point like this," said freshman biology major Hosein Kafimosavi.

Others said they thought the display was justified.

"I think if this is the reality, there's no sense in softening the blows," said junior criminology major Walt Quick.

A small police force kept watch over the two groups, their posters and students walking past to ensure safety. The first day, however, went without incident, said police spokeswoman Maj. Cathy Atwell.

The group reserved the mall for the demonstration, and after police evaluated the event, they determined a small force was needed to keep watch, Atwell said.

"There is some history of conflict; based on that history we want to be sure that the group has a safe environment and equally provide a safe environment for people on the opposite side of the argument," Atwell said.

Students for Life members stood by their decision to invite representatives from the center to the campus.

"This is college; a lot of people are stuck with the situation of being pregnant. There are better options than abortion," said member Katie Amenabar, a sophomore neurobiology and physiology major.

"Just like people setting up Israeli-Palestinian stuff, it's getting out one side of the argument," said Anthony Battista, a Students for Life member and senior philosophy and pre-med major.

A few students formed a counter-demonstration, including senior government and politics major Jenny Rosloff, who upon seeing the protest, made a sign reading, "Decisions should not be based on propaganda."

"This just enraged me so much that they're comparing a woman's right to choose to the Holocaust and lynching," Rosloff said.

CBR, which has visited about 50 college campuses nationwide, uses shocking images in its demonstrations, Harrington said, because historically the shock value has been a good way to reach the masses and force social reform. He cited anti-Vietnam War literature in the late '60s as an example.

"We know it works based on those cases," he said. "You can't discuss it only rhetorically, you have to use pictures."

"The way people are able to talk and think about [abortion] with these pictures in their minds is different," Armstrong said.


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A pro-life advocacy group using large banners depicting bloody, aborted fetuses incited student debate on Hornbake Mall under University Police supervision yesterday in a demonstration that will continue today.

That's quite an exhausting lead-in, no? From the college newspaper that brought you Jayson Blair.... Detect any bias?

I've walked by the display several times. There's always a large gathering around it. If I were pro-choice, it would probably change my mind. Displays like this are the battlefields in the war of, for lack of better terms, good and evil.

1 posted on 09/30/2003 7:07:08 PM PDT by ForOurFuture
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To: ForOurFuture
"It's horribly offensive,"

Indeed.

2 posted on 09/30/2003 7:12:44 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: ForOurFuture
I don't see bias in the paragraph you posted.

Abortion is bloody and should be shown as what it is.

But, with the new sonograms and the medical help available to babies unborn, minds are changing.
3 posted on 09/30/2003 7:13:38 PM PDT by Not gonna take it anymore
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To: ForOurFuture
How can anyone say this is propaganda? The pictures do not lie. Aborted babies look like that. Even a moment's self truth should turn the hardest heart. If the sight of an aborted fetus causes you to turn away, what does that mean? Is it better when you choose not to see? No one has the right to kill .. Jews, blacks, the unborn, anyone.
4 posted on 09/30/2003 7:14:52 PM PDT by A-teamMom
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To: Not gonna take it anymore
I don't see bias in the paragraph you posted.

I was referring to the entire article.

5 posted on 09/30/2003 7:16:07 PM PDT by ForOurFuture (This just in: Both could beat Bustamante. Only one is conservative.)
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To: ForOurFuture
Oh.
6 posted on 09/30/2003 7:17:03 PM PDT by Not gonna take it anymore
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To: A-teamMom; Jim Robinson
Too bad such images are banned at FR.
7 posted on 09/30/2003 7:18:25 PM PDT by Notwithstanding
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To: Notwithstanding
You can probably go here and find what you want:

http://www.abortiontv.com/

This issue brings the fascist out in the left faster than anything else. A group of students could display Mapplethorp photos of bullwhips and sodomy and that wouldn't questioned at all. Dead babies bring out too much truth for the lying b@st@rds that we allow to run our institutions of higher learning. The shouting morons that comprise the student body are only gnats.
8 posted on 09/30/2003 7:27:27 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Defund PBS, NPR & PRAVDA)
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To: ForOurFuture; Lorianne; Not gonna take it anymore; A-teamMom; Notwithstanding; WorkingClassFilth
The Genocide Awareness Project made a stop at my alma mater (the University of Delaware) last week. Some of student's reactions were similar. You can read about it here
9 posted on 09/30/2003 7:53:21 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: ForOurFuture
Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, as they say.

This is a perfect example of why leftist mentality and philosophy only works in the abstract. As soon as the irrefutable reality is presented, their foundations for their opinions fall to pieces.

It is the same reason why these same groups can talk about the situation in Iraq as being an imperialistic effort on the part of the west. This is an abstract mental concoction that allows their opinion to be safe. Show them the pictures of the murdered women, children, and babies, gassed by the Hussein regime and they think that is taking the debate down a notch, not playing for, or, my favorite, saying that they photos aren't really (thanks, Baghdad Bob!).

Leftist reality is only found in the theoretical abstract and will never be found in the real world. That is why liberalism is a mental disease; these people can't grow up, the are forever stuck in a childish dream world where everything and anything is ok.

10 posted on 09/30/2003 7:59:55 PM PDT by mattdono
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To: ForOurFuture
The pro-choice camp is so sensitive when reality is placed in front of their eyes. Hey pro-choicers, it is just a "mass of cells" , how can a picture of a mass of cells be so horribly offensive ? ------- How anyone could see abortions as anything but evil is beyond me.
11 posted on 09/30/2003 8:13:31 PM PDT by Peace will be here soon (Go USA Eagles !!! Beat those Frenchies !!!! Rugby rules !!!!)
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To: Lorianne
Now you know.
12 posted on 09/30/2003 8:15:55 PM PDT by Redcoat LI
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To: Peace will be here soon; mattdono; ForOurFuture; Lorianne; Not gonna take it anymore; A-teamMom; ...
I checked out the Diamondback's main page and I read these articles in their editorial section. They want to talk about propaganda? Read these articles:

Look beyond abortion pictures

For those of you who traveled by Hornbake Mall yesterday, you were greeted by a series of rather grotesque pictures. This display was presented by those who wish to see women's choice eliminated. They turn to graphic pictures because their argument has no substance.

First, for anyone who may have been revolted or disgusted by these images, I implore you not to give sway to these pictures. Instead, I ask you to go home, turn on the Discovery Health Channel and watch any of the numerous surgeries they depict. Even when censored for television, these operations invoke the exact same feelings of nausea. It would be absurd to call a heart surgery wrong merely because we are squeamish at the sight of blood. Similarly, abortion cannot be wrong merely because it requires an unappealing operation.

Yet the propagators would argue abortions are murder while heart surgery is not. On what basis do they make this distinction? If we are to feel moral abhorrence at one image and not the other, this must be based on a presupposition of one being wrong and another being fine. The propagators have submitted themselves to a vicious and irrational circle. They may say an embryo is a person whereas a heart is not. Again, on what basis do they make this claim? Both have human DNA, are living and are distinctly human. The heart cannot be confused for one of a dog or cow. They may interject that an embryo has distinct DNA, different than anyone elses'. However, this is true for cancer, which can occur because the genetic material mutates. And while it is true we all start as embryos and not as hearts, it is equally true we all start as sperm and egg.

It is not by being of human flesh that makes us people but our role thinking and feeling beings capable of self-realization. It is greatly doubtful whether fetuses have this ability. Do not insult yourself by limiting your being to mere codes of nucleic acids.

Those on Hornbake Mall have no rational basis to declare abortion murder beyond their own religious beliefs. They have no reason to believe such actions are wrong beyond their own religious tenets, and thus they would imprison you for failing to follow their beliefs.

Furthermore, they may ask that we err on the side of caution if we are unsure. It is not better to refrain if we do not know if an embryo is a person? But we must realize, erring on the side of caution means imprisoning or executing your mother, sister, girlfriend or daughter merely because she wished to control their own body. It asks us to assume one is guilty of a crime, unless they can prove they have not done it. That is unjust.

Lastly, we must remember that this debate is not merely over late- term abortion or abortion in general. It encompasses all family planning, including condoms, birth control, medical care and sex education. The debate begs the question of whether you should have access to all information and a choice to determine your own life.

But do not look with hatred upon those who would imprison you for determining your own sex life. Instead, look with pity upon those who would voluntarily submit themselves to the yoke of tyranny.

Stuart McPhail is the co-president of the university chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He can be reached at smcphail@wam.umd.edu.

Abortion display appalling; uses lies and disgusting comparisons as propaganda

I was appalled at what I saw on Hornbake Mall yesterday - pictures of aborted fetuses were compared to nickels for size and gross depictions of deformed breasts, with the implication that abortion causes breast cancer.

Why was I so disgusted? Not by the material itself, but by the blatant lying and propaganda techniques the Genocide Awareness Project and Students for Life utilized. First, there have been no conclusive studies to link abortion to breast cancer. Even the doctor quoted in GAP's literature could only say there is "probably" a link.

GAP members' also attempt to compare abortion with other instances of genocide such as the Holocaust and slavery in the United States. Their argument is that just as we find it preposterous for the Nazis to kill Jews or for slave owners to kill their slaves, we should also see it as disgusting for mothers to "kill" their unborn fetuses.

GAP members, however, forgot to mention a few things. Of course they forgot to consider the welfare of the impregnated woman, her health risks, her livelihood, etc. Supposing this in itself is negligible (which is insane, but alas, I continue), GAP members neglected to tell you what abortion procedures were like before Roe v. Wade. They neglected to mention that though "1/5 of all abortions are had by college women," these numbers would be the same with or without the enforcement of Roe v. Wade. The only difference is that women would not be allowed access to legal health care, and women's bodies would be subjected to the whims of government.

If GAP wants to talk about slavery, let's talk about the enslavement of American women's bodies that would inevitably come with the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Allison Jai O'Dell
Senior
Classics and History

13 posted on 09/30/2003 8:20:03 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: cpforlife.org; Coleus; Polycarp; NYer; Salvation; Loyalist
Please ping your lists.
14 posted on 09/30/2003 8:23:53 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Akron Al; Alberta's Child; Andrew65; AniGrrl; Antoninus; As you well know...; BBarcaro; ...
PING
15 posted on 09/30/2003 8:30:57 PM PDT by Loyalist
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To: Pyro7480
How clueless this person is.
16 posted on 09/30/2003 8:32:57 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: All
“America Will Not Reject Abortion Until America Sees Abortion” Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life.

I firmly believe that Fr. Frank is correct.

Please watch the video available on-line called Hard Truth at Abortion Videos . It is perhaps the most powerful film ever produced on abortion. Actual footage of living, in-utero children and their aborted peers tell the hard truth about abortion in ways "just words" never will. Hard Truth packs such unprecedented power that viewers can scarcely watch without being profoundly affected. In total, the film is only nine minutes long, and except for the introduction, there is no narration.

Then go to http://www.priestsforlife.org/resources/abortionimages/index.htm , and see the horrible reality of abortion via color photographs.

I also highly recommend reading Abortion: the Silent Holocaust. It was written by Fr. John Powell, S.J. (Click on “abortion: books” then scroll.) I believe it is one of the most important books on the subject ever written. This book has overwhelming importance for readers from high-school age onward, as well as adult study. The author speaks directly to the reader as few writers can. He takes you along his personal journeys from his studies in Germany and tour of the death camp in Dachau, through his work in the pro-life movement.

Comprehensive education of adults, and more importantly school students, is
THE MISSING KEY OF THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT

Ignorance is the greatest weapon of the pro-abortion side.

17 posted on 09/30/2003 8:36:27 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of the Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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To: Lorianne
Which one? ;-)
18 posted on 09/30/2003 8:37:09 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: ForOurFuture
Pro-life bump to the top.
19 posted on 09/30/2003 8:38:10 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: ForOurFuture; MHGinTN; Coleus; nickcarraway; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; ...

Please let me know if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

20 posted on 09/30/2003 8:40:29 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of the Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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To: ForOurFuture
I have to say, earlier on during my youth I was a pro-abortion supporter. The grizzly pics did nothing to dampen my enthusiasm either, I think it made me more aggresive in my support.
The pictures that had the greatest impact on me, were those of babies through ultrasound in utero....nothing compared to that marvelous 3-d pic they produced recently.
21 posted on 09/30/2003 8:46:43 PM PDT by Katya
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To: ForOurFuture
Wonderful Baby Samuel pictures -- they will make you cry!
22 posted on 09/30/2003 8:47:45 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Pyro7480
Thanks for the articles. What can be said about these people and the way they think. Sick, sick, sick..........
23 posted on 09/30/2003 9:13:23 PM PDT by Peace will be here soon (Go USA Eagles !!! Beat those Frenchies !!!! Rugby rules !!!!)
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To: Pyro7480
Thanks for picking those up. I never got to the Opinion page today.
24 posted on 09/30/2003 9:26:15 PM PDT by ForOurFuture (This just in: Both could beat Bustamante. Only one is conservative.)
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To: ForOurFuture
God bless them!

Judgement Day will be so radically harsh!

25 posted on 09/30/2003 9:37:48 PM PDT by Taiwan Bocks
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To: Pyro7480; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; ...
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26 posted on 09/30/2003 9:50:16 PM PDT by Coleus (Only half the patients who go into an abortion clinic come out alive.)
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To: Coleus
Thanks for the heads up!
27 posted on 09/30/2003 9:56:04 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: ForOurFuture
BTTT
28 posted on 10/01/2003 3:14:46 AM PDT by Dajjal
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To: Lorianne
"How clueless this person is."

This "person" is a product of this school!!!
29 posted on 10/01/2003 4:50:21 AM PDT by George from New England
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To: ForOurFuture
"This just enraged me so much that they're comparing a woman's right to [dismember her unborn child] to the Holocaust and lynching," Rosloff said.

30 posted on 10/01/2003 5:50:41 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Pyro7480
Stuart McPhail is the co-president of the university chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

What a shocker. Looks like young Stuart has a bright future ahead of him with that esteemed organization.

31 posted on 10/01/2003 6:18:11 AM PDT by agrace
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/921369/posts
Bringing Good Things to Life (ULTRASOUND)
Citizen magazine ^ | June 2003 | Karla Dial
Ever since I heard of this new technology, I've maintained that it is the Stealth Bomber that is going to zoom in under the pro-death crowd's radar and nuke them... once a woman sees what is really in her womb, it ceases to be a "tissue mass" and becomes... a baby.

32 posted on 10/01/2003 12:53:32 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: ForOurFuture
Displays like this are the battlefields in the war of, for lack of better terms, good and evil.

There is no better term. Good and evil, God and evil.
33 posted on 10/01/2003 4:43:28 PM PDT by pianomikey (I found my jenga jam)
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To: Pyro7480
>>>Lastly, we must remember that this debate is not merely over late- term abortion or abortion in general. It encompasses all family planning, including condoms, birth control, medical care and sex education<<<

What about adoption? Funny that isn't mentioned...
34 posted on 10/01/2003 4:49:27 PM PDT by pianomikey (I found my jenga jam)
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To: Bigg Red; CurlyBill; tgslTakoma; Trace21230; beachn4fun; Heatseeker; lizma; HowardLaw
Maryland Politics Ping.
35 posted on 10/01/2003 8:43:04 PM PDT by ForOurFuture (Tancredo for Senate!)
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To: Not gonna take it anymore
new sonograms

Good point, but tell me Planned Parentsforcide would allow anyone access to these. They have been very sucessful with hushing abortion mortality rates.

Anyway, the new technology is very impressive.


36 posted on 10/02/2003 6:12:07 PM PDT by lizma
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