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.
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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