Anti-abortion group brings graphic display to Weber State University

Monday , October 02, 2017 - 4:48 PM5 comments

ANNA BURLESON, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — An anti-abortion activism group has put up a large outdoor display at Weber State University.

The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform brought the Genocide Awareness Project to the college Monday, Oct. 2, which includes graphic images of dead fetuses. 

Maggie Egger, a project director for the center, said they take the display to college campuses around the country. The nonprofit, which is headquartered in California, has been protesting abortion with the Genocide Awareness Project since 1998.

Egger said the group compares abortion to genocide because victims of genocide are often denied legal personhood.

“We’re not saying abortion is identical to the Holocaust or slavery or Rwanda, but there are points of comparison,” she said.

Egger said they use graphic imagery because it’s the most effective way to change a person’s opinion, comparing the medical photos to those of civil rights protesters in the era of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The group has representatives on campus standing near the display as well.

“The main message is that we want to show students and anybody on campus that the pre-born are human beings and that abortion decapitates and dismembers tiny human beings,” she said.

University spokeswoman Allison Barlow Hess said the display is covered by the First Amendment and university policy, which values freedom of speech. Hess said the display will be taken down by 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Hess said any students negatively affected by the display can find resources at the Women’s Center and Counseling Psychological Services Center.

“Even though it’s graphic, the First Amendment protects almost every form of speech,” she said.

Egger said the next stop for her organization’s display will be Salt Lake Community College. In late September the display was at Boise State University, according to the school’s student newspaper.

Egger said the center isn’t religiously affiliated.

Contact education reporter Anna Burleson at aburleson@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnagatorB or like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/BurlesonReports.

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