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U-Wire: U. Minnesota club anti-abortion displays provoke strong feelings

Arizona Daily Wildcat
September 18, 2002

MINNEAPOLIS ¸ A large display by a national anti-abortion group sparked discussion and revulsion on the Northrop Plaza at the University of Minnesota on Monday.

The three-sided, 10-foot-high display included grisly photographs of late-term aborted embryos and fetuses, as well as arguments against abortion.

The display was sponsored by the national nonprofit organization Justice For All: Students for Bioethical Diversity. The University of Minnesota's chapter invited the traveling exhibit to campus. Most passersby couldn't help but pause and examine the graphic imagery. Sporadic debates flared and then faded as participants left for class or simply quit arguing.

Some students pointedly turned their chairs away from the display and read or ate lunch. David Lee, national director of JAF, did not apologize for the graphic nature of the display, saying the images are intended to provoke dialogue.

"Our question for those who are upset about the graphic nature of the display is to ask if they are more opposed to the photographs or to the actions," Lee said. "

If the pictures are upsetting, shouldn't the practice be?"

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