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Are Graphic Photos Really Going to Win Elementary School Kids To the Pro-life Cause?

Are Graphic Photos Really Going to Win Elementary School Kids To the Pro-life Cause?

 

Over the weekend, my family and I had a chance to go to my daughter’s new school for a fundraiser.  The school, which was a neighborhood Catholic Elementary with a separate Pre-K that allows kids in at a younger age than the public schools in the district, was hosting their annual summer festival with three days of food, kids games, bands and BINGO.

We walked to the giant tents in the parking lot, and as we got closer, we found a car parked directly in front of the entrance.  On top of it, in 8 foot tall planks, was a picture of an fetus at about 6 weeks post-conception, and then another plank with a graphic, 20+ week fetus, bloody and torn to pieces (if you are a reproductive rights advocate, you would know the picture as “Malachi.”).  Other bloody fetus pictures adorned the body of the car, plastered to doors, bumpers and the hood.

I steered my daughter past the car quickly.  When we got our food we stayed in a different tent far away from the entrance.  As we left, we headed to the back exit to avoid it once more.

My daughter is not even 4 years old.  I knew that sending her to a Catholic school would open her up to things like prayer, sin and faith.  I don’t even find it unwelcome, even though it’s not something we practice in our home.  But I expected it to be gentle, all shepherds and Jesus’s love, like I remembered from my days in Sunday School as a child.

I didn’t expect bloody fetuses.

But it’s something that is permeating the culture now, as anti-choice legislation floods state houses and anti-choice activists become more bold in their demonstrations.  A few years ago, leaders of the groups used to encourage protestors to stay away from truly graphic images, feeling that they hardened more hearts than they actually changed.

Instead, now they are being used in campaign commercials for political office.  They’re posted at busy intersections. They’re at Toy’s R Us .

The anti-abortion movement is targeting kids, young kids, and they don’t care about what type of damage they could be causing.  The same people who worry that video games are too violent for teens are waving bloody fetus posters in front of kindergarteners.  They claim that showing a three year old a torn, bloody image twice the size of the preschooler will somehow save babies in the long run.

Even those who agree with the anti-abortion cause, like the Catholic parish members of a school in San Mateo, California, claim they feel “harassed and bullied,” and their kids feel “unsafe.”

How, exactly, do people think exposing young school children to graphic abortion images win converts to the pro-life movement?

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8:31AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

I repeat my comment from the other article....

Just last week we had one of these anti-choice groups targeting our local high school in Mission Viejo, CA -- no one seemed to know who they were or why our school. They stood on the sidewalk at dismissal with their very graphic posters, rubbing these explicit pictures of torn up babies in our children's faces! As a concerned parent I contacted the Principal and Superintendent of our school district -- the answer was we can't do a thing!! As long as they do not interfere with traffic or approach anyone these idiots can basically show anything they want!!!! It is called their right to the constitution's first amendment! I am all for fighting for what you believe in... however, our all schools should be protected from such controversial issues, and these demonstrations should not be allowed around schools' properties.

So, which amendment protects our children???

11:34PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

As I said in my comments in your other post "Anti-Choice Protesters Target Middle School Children", the children's school is definitely not the right place to protest abortions. They obviously had a lapse in judgment. Right cause, wrong venue.

6:18PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

Disgusting. Leave our children alone.

6:34AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

OBVIOUSLY THIS IS NOT PROPER, AND 'IF' IT WERE AT ALL ACCEPTABLE THE AGE GROUP SHOULD BE ADVANCED!!............THEN, EXPOSURE SHOULD BE DONE IN SMALL SESSIONS WITH BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS IN ATTENDANCE, WITH QUALIFIED MEDICAL PERSON AVAILABLE FOR CONVERSATION.........................

9:48PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

The memory won't be pleasant. But they'll be exposed to the concept of abortion soon enough, and they'll be able to wed it to the fetal dismemberment photos on their own. The injustice of the abortion act will become very obvious to them -- as it is to pretty much every child!

6:51PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

Kindergartners or around that age being exposed to that type of graphic images is not smart. They are not at an age to be mature enough to make a rational decision about such an issue. Exposing them to such insanity is only going to create confusion and possibly later in life a resentment toward those who exposed them to such worrisome confusing information that they don't know what to do with. Not a smart decision on pro-life people's part. And it is a shameful decision on a member of a religious organization to put such young children in such a position that they absolutely cannot understand.

8:45AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

These people are disgusting and should be completely shunned by anyone with half a brain. Yuck!

7:48AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

I believe that exposing children to this type of thing is not right. They should be allowed to grow up, be themselves, and make their own choices without this type of ridiculous display, and the people who do this need to get a life and live their own rather than imposing their beliefs on other people, particularly little children. But, unfortunately, there will always be those type people in this world, and I think the best way to deal with them is to totally ignore them. Ignore them, and hopefully, they'll get tired of making asses of themselves and just go away.

4:34AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

care.

p.s. laura d let's not get into the whole cloning issue because i'm pretty sure it's very clear to you what a pro-life stand on that is. though i would have to say that you're worried about overpopulation and all that shit, yet you want to advance cloning? okay, let's take cloning; have you thought about your arguments for a cloned human being? it's not a zygote anymore, is it, not an egg to a chicken, but a human being, who may probably be even smarter than you. what now?

4:30AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

care.

p.s. laura d let's not get into the whole cloning issue because i'm pretty sure it's very clear to you what a pro-life stand on that is. though i would have to say that you're worried about overpopulation and all that shit, yet you want to advance cloning? okay, let's take cloning; have you thought about your arguments for a cloned human being? it's not a zygote anymore, is it, not an egg to a chicken, but a human being, who may probably be even smarter than you. what now?

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