March 5, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Giant-sized photos of female genitalia are coming to the University of Cincinnati this week.
On Wednesday (March 6th), the University of Cincinnati Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Alliance and the UC Feminists will host a panel lead by Planned Parenthood. On Thursday they will host an “art” display called Re-envisioning the Female Body (WARNING: graphic) featuring 12 billboard-sized images of female genitalia on campus.
The group says the obscene display comes in response to a recent appearance of the pro-life Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) on campus. GAP uses graphic photos of aborted babies to compare abortion and other past genocides.
But according to the pro-abortion group, the pro-life display is part of “an effort to shame women, comparing reproductive choice to holocaust."
"Our demonstration serves to call attention to the vagina as a site of conflict in medical, legislative, domestic, and representational arenas," they said in a statement. "Its purpose is to incite conversation about the objectification, exploitation, and discrimination of women’s bodies in advertising, health care, reproductive rights, and queer identities.”
Annmarie Condit, a member of UC Students for Life, the group that brought Genocide Awareness Project and Created Equal’s Justice Ride to campus, said her group will be outside the Planned Parenthood panel preceding the gallery of genitalia passing out flyers informing students about what the pro-life group says is Planned Parenthood’s corrupt business practices.
Condit said, “The UC Students for Life are deeply saddened by this response to our use of abortion pictures on campus. The abortion pictures, while shocking and offensive, display the truth about the humanity of the babies killed by abortion. Using objectifying images of women with the claim that it makes a political or artistic statement is an utter non-response to the important issue of abortion; it’s nothing but the depraved use of obscenity for shock value. This display is an embarrassment to the students who are organizing it, and to the university as a whole.”
“Of course Planned Parenthood would be involved in this kind of immature campus event," said Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins. "They stand to make money off of the promotion of sex, as they sell the 'have sex, there are no-consequences' line.
"Fifty percent of people who are sexually active will get an STD by age 25, and one in four of all college age students have an STD. Planned Parenthood isn’t an educational group, it’s an industry. It sells contraception, abortions, and STD treatment and makes over $300,000 million each year in profit while STD rates rise.”
“Forty-six percent of abortions are performed on college-aged women, so it’s no wonder why the local Planned Parenthood is less than a mile from UC’s campus. They want to be close to their targeted customers, and this event will only help market their lies. What these displays should be showing is a vagina with genital warts or a dead preborn baby being ripped from it as that is what Planned Parenthood sells.
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“I’m proud of UC SFL for standing up for Life and showing their campus the truth behind Planned Parenthood and abortion.”
Democrats and abortion supporters have increasingly claimed the Republican Party’s pro-life position is an attack on women’s genitals.
In a separate incident, legislators danced on the steps of the Michigan legislature while singing, “It’s My Vagina, So Hands Off Baby.”
During the recent presidential campaign, the official Obama tumblr account posted an e-card urging women to “vote like your lady parts depend upon it.”
Corrected March 6 at 10:43am EST. The original version of this article incorrectly stated that Annmarie Condit was the president of UC Students for Life. She is a member.