One of the most bizarre abortion-related stories in a long time surfaced last week on the campus of Yale University.
Abortion As Art?
On Thursday, an article in the Yale Daily News reported that senior Aliza Shvarts planned to display for her senior art project:
…a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself “as often as possible” while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process.
The goal in creating the art exhibition, Shvarts said, was to spark conversation and debate on the relationship between art and the human body.
News of the student’s project spread rapidly via the Internet, and the powers that be at Yale denied the student did what she said she had done.
Then, the student herself responded by publishing a column in the Yale Daily News that could only be described as bafflegab.
Now, Yale is threatening to ban the student’s art project.
For its part, the pro-abortion group on campus, the Reproductive Rights Action of League of Yale, which originally had “no official opinion on the matter”, has since issued a statement.
Along with the Yale Law Students for Reproductive Justice, the executive boards of each “pro-choice” group stated:
Although we stand by the right to reproductive freedom, we cannot approve of her approach and presentation. The facts concerning the controversy remain unclear, but the consequences are very real and must be addressed. Like most who have heard of these events, we are shocked by the content of the art piece in question and the manner in which very serious aspects of reproductive rights have been treated. We seek to protect the rights of real women and real families who deal with real issues of health, safety and access.
Jill Stanek has their number:
But what exactly was wrong with Shvarts’ “approach and presentation”? What exactly are the “consequences”? How could any abortion proponent, let alone an organization, be “shocked by the content”? What’s wrong with the content? And just what are the “very serious aspects of reproductive rights”?
But these groups open a dangerous door by condemning any aspect of abortion, one they absolutely hate to open. How and why can an abortion proponent oppose any aspect or any boundary of abortion whatsoever?
This entire episode puts abortion advocacy in a terrible position, just as the partial birth abortion debacle did. Pro-lifers consider any abortion deadly to children and dangerous to mothers. This one is no different, only more provocative. Pro-aborts maintain abortion does not kill children and is completely safe. This incident makes it nearly impossible for them to maintain the party line.
“The Inconvenient Consequences of a Convenient Lifestyle”
On the front page of Thursday’s Chicago Tribune is a fine piece of investigative reporting about all the things you don’t want in your drinking water but actually are in your drinking water.
In the article, the writers mentioned the increasingly obvious dangers to our water supply posed by, among others, estrogenic chemicals found in birth control pills.
Conrad Volz, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh who studies environmental hazards, was quoted as saying, “What we are seeing are the inconvenient consequences of a convenient lifestyle.”
Clearly, the more mainstream news sources report about the serious dangers birth control pills pose to the environment (that is, to ourselves), the better. One gets the sinking feeling, though, that this problem is going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better.
Pro-Life Rally in Aurora: Saturday, April 26
You don’t want to miss our next big event at the Abortion Fortress of Aurora this Saturday, April 26 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Highlights of the event will include:
- Prayer Walk for Life around the block
- Face the Truth Tour in memory of babies lost to abortion
- Baby Shower to benefit local pregnancy centers
- Cemetery of Choice to mourn mothers killed by abortion
- Free “Choose Life” Caps for the first 100 participants
Parking is available at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 801 S. Eola Road (map). Please park at back of the lot, adjacent to the Waubonsie H.S. soccer field. A free shuttle bus will run continuously from the parking lot to the rally site, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
You can promote the rally by inviting your friends to attend. Friends who have never attended an event like this may be reluctant, now knowing what to expect. This video playlist of past rallies shows just how peaceful, prayerful and upbeat they are.