In the past two or three days, folks around Knoxville have been rather horrified to see a large banner with a graphic photo of an aborted fetus being flown overhead, pulled by a plane. In the case of my sister, the plane flew over her 7 year old and 10 year old outside their school, leaving the children upset and frightened.
What I don’t get is how anyone thinks that this kind of tactic actually does what they claim they are trying to do, which is reduce the number of abortions in this country. I suspect that they are actually just attention hounds, like the PETA people, who care more about creating spectacle than they do about creating real change on this issue they claim to be so passionate about. And I have heard several of my staunchly pro-life friends say that they are equally annoyed by how extreme and pointless grandstanding like this gives people the wrong impression of their cause and the people who support it.
My sister took the time to track down the contact info for the organization behind this week’s city-wide campaign of visual harassment, and here it is for those of you fellow locals who also want to contact these people and tell them to knock it off:
Fletcher Armstrong, PhD CBR Southeast Region Director
P.O. Box 20115, Knoxville, TN 37940
For more information on CBR-Southeast: www.ProLifeOnCampus.com
This is the email my sister sent them:
As I picked up my elementary aged children from school today, they and several other children were excited to hear an airplane overhead, as children are known to do. We all looked up and were horrified to see a picture of a dead fetus. I told the children to look away but it was too late. I wonder if you would find it appropriate for war protestors to show pictures of mangled bodies to children? What about if, as a protest to rape, children were shown pictures of women being brutally sexually assaulted?
Your methods don’t serve a purpose. As an adult in a society filled with graphic news stories and movies, that picture didn’t have any shock value for me. But for my children, who are not yet able to understand pro choice or right to life, it was a picture that confused and frightened them.
You should be ashamed of yourself for not protecting the children who are living with the same fervor that you claim to want to protect the unborn.