New Wisconsin Billboards To Proclaim “We Were All Embryos Once”

Multiple anti-abortion groups have been using billboards for years now to try and put a new face on the abortion debate.  From the “My heart beat at 18 days” Pro-Life Across America billboards to the much more contentious, race-based billboards from Radiance Foundation accusing women of African-American decent of having “dangerous wombs” or telling men to take responsibility for their “fatherhood” and not let their women have abortions, billboards have been used repeatedly to change the conversation, or at least garner media attention.

But now there’s a new billboard campaign in town — and this one is pushing personhood rights for fertilized eggs.

Pro-Life Wisconsin has announced a partnership.

From their press release:

We are excited to announce the launch of a multi-media effort, spreading the personhood message
across Wisconsin,” said Virginia Zignego, Communications Director. “The personhood movement has
tremendous grassroots support in Wisconsin and throughout the country, and we are excited to be able to
spread that message even further.”

A billboard located on Highway 41, south of Green Bay, features people at different stages of
development, along with the tagline, “You, Me, Everybody… We’re all just grown-up embryos.” The
billboard directs viewers to PersonhoodWisconsin.com, a website launched to promote the personhood
movement here in Wisconsin.

“With the recent news that abortions in Wisconsin declined in 2010, we hope this billboard will raise even
greater awareness of the humanity of the preborn person and emphasize that, at one point, all of us were
just embryos,” said Zignego.

 

Oddly enough, the one picture missing from their campaign billboard?  An actual embryo.  Apparently even they know that a fertilized egg doesn’t have the same connection and appeal as actual, developed humans.

 

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Photo credit: Personhood Wisconsin

98 comments

Lika S.
Lika P7 years ago

Half of me used to be one of thousands of ova in my mother's ovaries. The other half of me was one of billions of sperm that my father shot out of his testicles. So should we punish those who waste ova and sperm because they are potential embryos?

And then how many of those embryos are miscarried through the course of pregnancy, including fetuses and such? Or better yet, you can arrest me for masturbating. I didn't use sex for the purpose of procreation because I assaulted myself! 8^/

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Emily M.
Emily M7 years ago

Sure, we were all embryos once. That doesn't mean an embryo is the same as someone who's been born. As a 27-year-old, I'm not longer using my mother's body and nutrients to feed myself and physically develop. I'm way past that point. I'm an autonomous human being who doesn't need to literally feed off a person. I'm an autonomous human being who can make her own decisions about family planning and when/if to have children, thank you very much.

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Kaitlyn K.
Kaitlyn K7 years ago

How is this specific billboard actually offending anybody? After all IT'S TRUE. Seriously no matter how much you or I or anybody disagrees with somebody's views, why get your panties in a twist about THE TRUTH. We were all embryos, that message could just as easily be used to promote tolerance.

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Glenda L.
Glenda L7 years ago

Blah, blah, if someone can't support or look after their child, why is having it better than having an abortion? Is there not already enough misery in the world?

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Heather G.
Heather G7 years ago

maybe because "sex" and "abortion" are real words that actually mean something. But "f***" is just a slang word with a rude connotation that doesn't really mean anything.

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elaine v.
ain v7 years ago

funny, my first comment which had the F word was deleted. how's that for freedom and rights? sex is okay, abortion is okay, but not the F word? come on now.

again, the first picture is an actual EMBRYO. the writer just probably didn't know what an embryo is supposed to look like. isn't that funny??

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elaine v.
ain v7 years ago

i also noticed that some underdeveloped humans here have thought, for far too many times, that anti-choice, anti-abortion and religion are synonymous terms. i read the article about a million times inside and out and i can't find any trace of religion, except in a link deliberately mentioned in passing for some effect (which i find rude for it smacks of religious discrimination) so that a false association should be made that the following billboard is from those religious, republican nuts who are secretly racists, eugenists, misogynists and pedophiles. i beg to disagree. i am pro-choice - that is, i believe everyone should have access to reproductive health - but abortion is where i put my foot down, to hell whose foot i step on. as for religion, maybe i think life is sacred because i'm christian. then again, all religions of the world emphasize this. but one doesn't need religion to know this. the right to live is the most basic, fundamental right of ANY human (and animal). why should YOU have rights when you deny that of others? do unto others what you want done unto you.

also, the article has some interesting links worthy checking out. who woulda known that jane roe not only gave birth to her baby, but converted to catholicism and now is a pro-life advocate?

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elaine v.
ain v7 years ago

and it just occurred to me that if stupid writer didn't recognize the said embryo as an embryo, then she must've understood the message even better, 'cos a fetus is waaaaay better than an embryo, right? cos it has freaking human features even the most skeptical of you deniers recognize.

still, that isn't a fetus. it's an embryo. it's good either way. haha!

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elaine v.
ain v7 years ago

sorry, i can't get over the stupid article. perhaps writer was expecting an egg? with a shell and all? or perhaps a toad-looking thing, with a tail and all, swimming through some bubble? my nose hairs are bristling in anger and entertainment.

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Heather G.
Heather G7 years ago

It's a lot easier to care about embryos than actual children who need to be clothed and fed and housed, in addition to being loved and guided and educated. It's a lot easier to blame women for having or not having children than it is to do something that actually makes a psoitive difference in people's lives.

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