Prepare yourself. The Genocide Awareness Project is coming. Since 1997, a prolife organization by the name of The Genocide Awareness Project has been terrorizing college campuses with campus demonstrations of large, incredibly graphic images displayed in effort to sway the minds of students. The graphic images are what they claim to be of aborted fetuses or the effects of abortion are juxtaposed next to images of genocide, slavery and the Holocaust.
The organization’s website describes themselves as, “a traveling photomural exhibit which compares the contemporary genocide of abortion to historically recognized forms of genocide. It visits university campuses around the country to show as many students as possible what abortion actually does to unborn children and get them to think about abortion in a broader historical context.”
For those of you that didn’t do too hot in history class, let me break it down for you. The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic persecution and extermination of about six million Jews and millions of others that were seen as “racially inferior” by the Nazi regime in Germany.
Currently, there is a genocide happening in Darfur where the Janjaweed, a group of governmentarmed and funded Arab militias, systematically exterminate Darfurians by burning villages, looting, polluting water sources, and torturing, murdering and raping men, women and children. The Genocide Awareness Project claims that the choice to have an abortion and these genocides are one in the same. Excuse me, no.
Whether you believe life begins at conception or once you’ve taken that first breath of air, there is nothing justified in comparing abortion to the mass extermination of a specific group of living, breathing human beings. These groups attempt to appeal to your emotions by exploiting horrific events like the Holocaust and the events currently happening in Darfur. It’s incorrect and at its core, incredibly offensive.
Although I agree with the right for everyone to freely believe what they choose and express it, graphic displays like those from the Genocide Awareness Project should not be allowed on university grounds.
Think of it this way. Imagine if someone were to play a pornographic movie in a popular public park. Not OK, right? While the creator of the film has the right to express themselves by making the film (assuming this film is abiding by all laws and regulations), the film would not and should not be allowed to publicly play in a public park due to its graphic content. The same should apply for the Genocide Awareness Project.
Yes, this is a public university and we pay a boat load of money to be here. We are here to get an education, not be bombarded with bloody images on the way to class.