While Kissel may believe that the graphic photographs of aborted babies are indecent, the real indecency is that our legal system allows these innocent lives to be exterminated in the first place.
Kissel is both right and wrong to object to the Genocide Awareness Project’s comparisons of abortion to the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity. She is wrong in that the abortion industry has killed more than 55 million unborn babies since 1973 in the United States alone.
Whether done as part of some nefarious conspiracy or as 55 million individual choices, the death toll is still the same and deserves to be considered in the same light.
Kissel is right, though, that abortion is not the same as these other atrocities because far more innocent lives have been extinguished by the abortion industry than were extinguished by the Nazis or the Soviets.
Turning the signs inward is an illegal, unconstitutional violation of free speech.
Neither the government nor a state-supported institution are permitted to engage in content-based censorship of “offensive” speech.
The sole purpose of the free-speech protections in the First Amendment is to protect speech on divisive political and cultural issues.
Turning the images inward amounts to a cover up to protect the abortion industry and to protect supporters of abortion “rights” from inconvenient truths.
Kissel may have read about the Genocide Awareness Project’s display at IU in fall 2001.
In the 12 years since, local pro-life activists have stood at the corner of Kirkwood and Indiana avenues with signs purchased from the Center for Bioethic Reform. I have seen minds changed, and I have seen people shocked by the images of what really happens in an abortion.
I hope the day comes when the graphic images of aborted babies are never seen again, but as long as babies are being ripped limb from limb, those images are needed to expose the truth about the reality of “reproductive choice.”
— Scott Tibbs
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I have always had a special affinity for art in places where art “isn’t supposed to be.” Certainly, most of us enjoy an afternoon browsing a gallery or museum, but there is something really nice about finding art in unexpected places.
I was pleased to see Matthew Cinkoske's recent column about domestic violence at IU — "Is IU mishandling student domestic violence?" June 14, 2015.
I would like to bring to the attention of the IDS the fact that harassment of disabled students occurs regularly at IU Bloomington. I personally know of physically impaired students who have been harassed in Ballantine Hall for taking the elevator up or down one floor. And they aren’t just harassed by fellow students; faculty and staff are guilty, too. Just because someone looks healthy, doesn’t mean that they are. Invisible disabilities are any of a number of chronic conditions that significantly impair normal activities of daily living while showing no outward signs of the illness. I also know of a physically impaired student who was made fun of recently for riding a scooter in Forest Residence Center. This is a student who can barely walk—and only for short distances—and only when feeling physically up to it. This same student was also harassed in the Forest parking lot by someone who didn’t think a handicap parking space should be used by a disabled student, even though the appropriate IU parking permit was displayed in the car. Harassment may be reported to the IU Incident Teams at (812) 855-8188 or email@example.com. I mention these incidents because they happened to students I know. And if they can happen to them, they can happen to anyone. I ask the entire campus community: How would you feel if someone you cared about was ridiculed or harassed because they had a disability? How does it feel to learn that members of the campus community, whether you know them or not, have to deal with harassment at IU Bloomington on a daily basis? I urge us all to think before speaking, show some Hoosier compassion, and offer to help instead of contributing to an intolerant environment. I also urge the IDS to investigate and report on the harassment of disabled students on this campus. As an IU alumna, IU employee, and IU parent, I hate to think of Indiana University’s reputation being tarnished by charges of harassment of any kind. Melissa Thorne Bloomington
I am glad you chose to publish an article on the Bloomington Planned Parenthood. Let me explain why. I am a survivor of childhood and adolescent sexual abuse, and I have personally experienced an abortion more than once.
The location of sexual violence posters must be reconsidered.