On Monday, the pro-life Center for Bio-Ethical Reform set up a display of abortion victim images in San Antonio, Texas, as part of the group’s “genocide awareness project.”
“We’re showing how abortion in America is comparable to other injustices and atrocities of the past,” CBR community liaison Devorah Gilman said. “So we have pictures of the genocide in Darfur, in Rwanda, the Cambodian killing fields, segregation and lynching of African-Americans, the Holocaust and other human rights injustices throughout history and across the world.”
The images were prefaced with signs warning passersby there were “genocide photos ahead.”
Area Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Mara Posada told the San Antonio Express-News her organization was “not going to comment on something as despicable as this,” while Democrat State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer declared that “the public needs to know that’s not tolerable in a society that knows the difference” between abortion and genocide.
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform contends that their use of graphic images has been effective in saving lives and changing minds. “After one visit to the University of Tennessee,” they write, “CBR was told of eight women who changed their minds about terminating their pregnancies.” CBR also cites examples of other uses of graphic images deemed socially acceptable in raising awareness of other humanitarian crises.
San Antonio city officials say they have not received any complaints about the images.