Warning: This article contains graphic images that some readers may find disturbing.
Salt Lake Community College students were greeted with a site that stirred mixed reactions at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus on Oct. 4 and 5.
An anti-abortion organization called Genocide Awareness Project, in collaboration with Project Truth, displayed graphic images of fetuses intended to shock the onlookers. Their mission is to build “creative tension” and to educate college students on what abortion is.
The three-dimensional display left both SLCC students and University of Utah students outraged and disgusted at the graphic content that was shown. Students at the Taylorsville campus challenged the display.
“It crosses a line to hate speech,” says student Julia Sachs. “I’ve seen anti-abortion protests before, and understand exercising freedom of speech is their right, even if I disagree. But to bring into disrepute of rape victims, display horrible graphic images in public and to spew hate isn’t free speech anymore.”
GAP sets up these booths at college campuses around the United States and Canada. This project was founded by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform in 1998. The displays show a juxtaposition of graphic images of fetuses, the Holocaust and the lynching of African-Americans, arguing the ethical standpoint of abortion.
“We display graphic images of all types of injustice dehumanizing people in order to justifying killing them,” according to Sophie Scholl of Project Truth. “Pro-choicers were happy that Roe v. Wade passed in 1973, but they don’t know how it passed; it was on faulty reasons.”
The organization was previously up at Weber State University but did not display at any other colleges in Utah. While we were unsuccessful in contacting any other representative from the project, according to the Standard-Examiner the center is not religiously affiliated. The display is protected under the First Amendment.