(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following column contains graphic images of aborted children and may be disturbing to some readers.)
America’s longest war is slogging it out in colleges across the land. It’s bloody and vicious, but gets little coverage because its victims are silent. This is our 44-year war against abortion. Cluster bombs were first dropped from the Supreme Court in 1973 and are still raging – particularly in places like Portland State University.
For a few days last week, Portland State (PSU) was a warzone of clashing protesters over the ethics of terminating human life. Graphic anti-abortion installations hosted by the Center for Bioethical Reform (CBR) drew crowds of onlookers and a wide range of reactions. Some were baffled and many were angry over explicit photographs of aborted fetuses greeting them in the heavily trafficked college green.
Inner-sanctums of political correctness, PSU students are conspicuously gagged by speech patrols and political monitors. (In this they are in perfect compliance with most fellow universities.) PSU hosts a perennial posse of enraged students, ready to drop books and man the barricades. Some are culled from the streets of downtown Portland, fresh from the daily riot, harassment or other frolicking. However, most protesters appeared to be PSU students.
Visceral photos on abortion and various types of genocide were hoisted in a circle of towering poles for two days (Oct. 16 and 17). These were valid photographs obtained from abortion clinics. Creating a massive ring of disturbing images, they are part of CBR’s traveling “Genocide Awareness Project” touring college campuses. Staff and volunteers manning the exhibit numbered only about 15, while masses of students opposed them with signs, chants, and occasional threats or vandalism.
Leftists attempted to hijack the occasion, using amplified speakers, stalking procedures, and warning viewers off. But, because the exhibit is two-stories high, it was hard to miss. For some reason, the International Socialists showed up, objecting loudly and hawking papers on their grand New World Order. Several hysterical women wept and shrieked that they should not “be forced” to see such images when changing classes.
Director of Operations Dr. Kevin Olivier defended CBR’s intentional use of horrifying images, knowing people will find them “objectionable.” He described how successful historic reformers used disturbing graphics to “educate the public, create peaceful conflict, and to focus attention” on injustice. Olivier claimed gruesome photos of the body of murdered teen Emmett Till propelled Dr. Martin Luther King’s Civil Rights campaign.
Feminists at PSU organized to defend against the scary pro-life threat. Curiously, a woman in a wheelchair loudly collected funds for Planned Parenthood (PP) around CBR’s exhibit. Was she aware they advise parents like hers to kill their disabled children immediately? Ridding the world of human “clutter” was the chief purpose behind the giant eugenics/abortion organization.
In spite of interference, many students managed to debate with the pro-life group, and a few seemed to resolve their differences. Occasionally pro-life supporters approached CBR staff, thanking them for bring the display to their campus, and apologizing for harassment.
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Equating abortion with various types of genocide infuriated many bystanders. Some women carried personal signs with a defensive edge, such as one reading: “My abortion allowed me to go back to school and become a scientist. Working to provide a better life for my future children is not an act of genocide.” She didn’t explain how human sacrifice was a prerequisite to becoming a scientist. Streams of PSU students demanded CBR be forced to “stop using the word ‘genocide’ in reference to abortion, because they are not the same thing.”
Some viewers appeared even more offended by photos of the Holocaust and KKK lynchings. CBR made connections in their exhibit between genocide and historic court rulings which designated some people-groups as not fully human. Quoted are the Dred Scott decision, which affected African-Americans from 1857; Germany’s 1935 Nuremburg Laws aimed at Jews; and Roe vs. Wade in 1973.
Tampons with red paint and condoms were tossed at the display, and a masked man sloshed a gallon of paint on signs. But an earlier threat of over 200 rioters, including Antifa members, never materialized. CBR took the threats seriously enough to move their first meeting from a scheduled room in PSU to a secret off-campus location on Saturday night.
Clashes began a week earlier, when a poster appeared claiming “Abortion is Genocide: Find out why.” It was quickly torn down. Two days later, a 439-word letter opposing the offensive six-word poster was published by the “Unidos por Puerto Rico” in the PSU newspaper. A portion of the screed: “It is not our intention to prevent this student group from exercising their right to freedom of speech, however we demand that leaders and administration alike reconsider how their language is problematic, and creates an unsafe environment. …”
University websites groveled in penance and offered abject apologies for the crime of tolerating the pro-life tower. A piece from PSU’s newspaper, “The Vanguard,” began with this disclaimer: “This article contains coverage of an anti-abortion demonstration on campus and includes subject matter and graphic imagery that may be traumatic and triggering.”
A series of messages related to the graphic signs were sent by college officials, such as this one: “If you currently feel unsafe, the Campus Public Safety Office can be reached at. …” Even CBR posted large orange signs at the perimeter of their exhibit with the caution, “Warning: Genocide photos ahead.” They are aware of the climate of control and near-hysteria on America’s campuses.
Over their two-day standoff, CBR was met with attempts to remove them from PSU property, which is a public university. Despite Portland’s fame as a rioter’s paradise, the scene was tame compared to some others. Executive Director Gregg Cunningham said although the West Coast was difficult, their worst college reception ever was the University of Kansas. Hostility to the presence of CBR in 1998 was so intense that a student drove his drove his car into the display, nearly hitting a young woman with the group. Signs were also trashed, and a volunteer punched.
After PSU, the group visited University of Oregon in Eugene. Their student paper, Daily Emerald, ran a column calling the CBR “a radical anti-abortion organization” which “aims to terrorize UO students.” Earlier displays at Eugene’s Lane Community College on Oct. 11 and 12 resulted in tense scenes there as well. Signs were slashed and five police called in to oversee the event.
Of two Washington campuses where stops were scheduled, Vancouver’s Clark College refused to allow them any space at all. Evergreen College in Olympia reluctantly agreed via heavy legal intervention, although there was intense student opposition. In all cases, the CBR followed required channels, and had been invited to the schools by legitimate campus clubs. CBR also visited colleges in Idaho and Utah this fall, resulting in thousands of students and visitors viewing their displays.
As I watched students come across scenes of baby butchery, it was fascinating to see their faces. Every emotion known to man passed by: horror, disgust, anger and alarm. Sadness, anguish and guilt. Some had no emotion, and these were often the most stridently opposed.
CBR is faced with this question every day: Should people be forced to encounter four-foot photographs of dismembered infants in their morning stroll? If not, why so great a “no”? Something in every observer knows that what they are seeing is just wrong.