Graphic anti-abortion banner to fly over Racine

2012-11-01T19:17:00Z 2013-12-17T11:22:27Z Graphic anti-abortion banner to fly over RacineALISON BAUTER alison.bauter@journaltimes.com Journal Times

RACINE — An anti-abortion group will be flying a giant poster of an aborted fetus over Racine between now and Election Day, trying to increase awareness of an issue the group says has been absent from this year’s presidential debate.

The California-based Center for Bioethical Reform is known for employing graphic imagery to convey its message, and will be flying a plane with the poster attached in the run-up to the presidential election.

In addition to Racine, CBR will also fly the aerial billboards over Green Bay, Oshkosh, Appleton and Waukesha from Friday, Nov. 2, through Tuesday, Nov. 6.

“Our goal is to make certain that abortion does not become the forgotten issue in an election campaign dominated by economic concerns,” CBR said in a statement to the press. “We intend to force a debate and ensure that that debate is well informed.”

The 50-by-100 foot posters will depict photos of first trimester, 10-week aborted fetuses, the statement said.

“Parents of young children may complain about these images, but the news media routinely publishes and broadcasts disturbing news imagery from which few children can be totally shielded,” the press statement said. “CBR is publicly displaying abortion imagery precisely because news organizations suppress such photos and video. We reject this double standard.”

Part of CBR’s voter education project, almost all the Wisconsin cities targeted by the fly-overs are considered to be areas with a high concentration of independent or swing voters.

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  1. WIWishes
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    WIWishes - November 07, 2012 9:10 pm
    My children's views are decided by ME. I choose not to watch the news with young ones around because there is inappropriate material. I choose not to have violent video games for them. I choose not to let them see graphic photos. Schools have to ask permission to show children certain movies or notify us when they are taking health class that covers material a parent my not wish to have them exposed to. I'm all for free speech, but let's use a little common sense. The people who think this is a correct way of getting their pro-life stance out there are sadly mistaken. If they put an ad at the beginning of an R rated movie, fine. That would be adults who could choose to watch it or not. I saw this report on the news yesterday and the woman explaining that it was her first amendment right to fly this banner was adamant. I hope she doesn't have any young children...I question her judgment to parent
  2. 2brnt2b
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    2brnt2b - November 04, 2012 7:24 am
    If abortion is so horrible why do men keep causing them?
  3. 2brnt2b
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    2brnt2b - November 04, 2012 7:23 am
    I'm okay with it as long as someone also puts of graphic photos of the bodies of the soldiers blown up in Afganistan and Iraq. And while you're at it, pictures of severely abused children whose parents don't want them.
  4. FletcherArmstrongBlog-dot-com
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    FletcherArmstrongBlog-dot-com - November 02, 2012 3:25 pm
    If abortion is such a great thing for people, then why do pictures of it make people so angry?
  5. An American
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    An American - November 02, 2012 3:21 pm
    That abstinence thing worked real well for Sara Palin’s daughter.
  6. Kay Nine
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    Kay Nine - November 02, 2012 11:57 am
    Mitt Romney and Company.... heck, the whole Republican't party..... would like to ban womens rights to get birth control (to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place), to get the morning-after pill (again, prevent unwanted pregnancy) and abortions (EVEN in the cases of rape, danger to the mother during birth or severe disabilities diagnosed in the fetus). Romney and his gang are extremely fanatical in their thinking. I believe the theory was brought up that "if a woman gets pregnant during a rape, it is god's doing". Really? They don't care about the act of rape or the burden on the woman.... as long as another baby is popped out. Ridiculous!

    Women should have the right to access birth control and adequate counseling/medical care (read: Planned Parenthood). The Republican'ts want to pull funding from Planned Parenthood to make sure women have very little available to them. And ban insurance companies from covering or allowing any sort of birth control or procedures for women. Sort of a modern day version of keeping them barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen making dinner..... putting the women in their place. We have come too far to put up with such idiocy.

    What this really comes down to is.... Government and Religion SHOULD be separate. MANY people do not believe in god and certainly don't want their lives ruled by some other group's "imagined" deity. They want the right to live without religious fundies preaching to them and trying to interfere in gov't. Everyone has the right to believe in whatever religion or belief they desire, but don't - for even a second - believe you are responsible for pushing your ideas and beliefs upon others. This country was built by people escaping places that pushed religions upon them. They came here for the freedom to believe whatever they want.

    There are endless studies on abortion.... ranging from "abortion is murder" to "early abortion is just ending a chemical process". Your "examples" given above are extreme, late-stage abortions that are rarely performed anymore. Most medical professionals will not authorize a late term abortion. This is where education and access to medical care comes in. Let women and young girls know the facts about birth control and their bodies. Let them have unrestricted access to birth control, medical care and counseling. Make sure they're not afraid to go in and talk to a nurse or doctor about the fact that they might be pregnant. And allow them to end unwanted pregnancies early and properly. If the "morning after pill" were more readily available, covered by insurance and not discouraged/banned by the fundies, more women would use it. And letting pharmacists decide what they will and will not dispense? Ridiculous! They need to do their jobs and shut up.... it's not their business what people are prescribed. They shouldn't have chosen a profession that they cannot do properly.

    Putting severe restrictions on women and treating them like second class citizens will just result in more illegal abortions and other extreme ideas. Women have the right to make decisions about their own bodies. And you - or anyone else - should never interfere.
  7. isthereabsolutetruth
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    isthereabsolutetruth - November 02, 2012 10:27 am
    Well, ummm, yeah. Kill them so they don't get abused later. I agree what the mother and father want for their bodies should be their business, but unless I am missing something here, they are determining what should be done to another. Have you heard of logical thinking?
  8. Blogometric Pressure
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    Blogometric Pressure - November 02, 2012 9:55 am
    Zorro - Right you are, Huge backlash for democrats and people who believe the government and fanatics don't control their very personal decision. People do not want fanatics in political office. Ryan got outted with the VP selection. Seriously, most people didn't know what he was doing behind closed doors with Todd Akin.
  9. Blogometric Pressure
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    Blogometric Pressure - November 02, 2012 9:52 am
    The hearts of the American people? Please continue to supply the graphics and i will be happy to supply you with gut wrenching photos of child abuse by parents who didn't want their children. Torture, sex, horrendous acts upon children. Besides, what a woman decides to do with her body isn't your business.
  10. Blogometric Pressure
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    Blogometric Pressure - November 02, 2012 9:27 am
    Smart tactic that will benefit the pro-choice group. What are they thinking?? If I were the pilot, i would refuse to fly such a banner. These people haul their kids out to stand holding pictures of aborted babies, yeah, that makes for a happy childhood when they would rather be playing, doing homework, etc. You have to pity these people, they want to control a woman's body, not their body but a woman's body to do their choice. Well, this is going to have a huge backlash in this area. Thank you for tipping the scales for the prochoice movement. Now those of you who spend money for the ad can step right up to any adoption agency and adopt a waiting child.
  11. isthereabsolutetruth
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    isthereabsolutetruth - November 02, 2012 9:08 am
    Where are the hearts of the American people? The abortion photos are to inform. These we sacrifice to convenience or whatever the cause are tortured in the womb: a saline solution can be introduced into the womb (this causes the child to be chemically burned, they are literally torn apart with the tool the (doctor???) uses-and yes, they do feel it, some are birthed until their head is out then punctured in the back of the head at the base of the skull and then their brains are sucked out by a vacuum syringe. All in the name of "choice". What a cruel mind that approves this. So afraid the children (who were allowed to live) will be affected by the gruesome reality you want for the unborn. Yes, if you vote for either of the major party candidates you are supporting the murder of the unborn. See http://prolifeprofiles.com/mitt-romney-abortion for Romney info or see The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to understand Obama's position.
  12. phoner2
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    phoner2 - November 02, 2012 7:42 am
    not sure why these people think a picture would stop abortion? aren't they promoting it?
  13. drewsue
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    drewsue - November 02, 2012 5:25 am
    I'm sorry..but I do not feel the government or anyone should be able to tell me what to do with my body..its my body..my baby..my choice. The only other person who has a say in this is the baby's father..if I want to terminate my pregnancy..we are the only 2 people who should be worried about it..I have to live with my choice..so it should be no one else's business..having said that..I do feel that abortion should be the absolute LAST resort..adoption first..always..but its MY CHOICE..and it should not be up for public debate..
  14. Just David
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    Just David - November 02, 2012 3:39 am
    Fly a banner with a baby actually being born instead. That graphic image may make people become pro-choice:)
  15. Kay Nine
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    Kay Nine - November 02, 2012 2:16 am
    True. you never hear about the Pro-Lifers offering to adopt all the unwanted babies.
  16. Kay Nine
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    Kay Nine - November 02, 2012 2:13 am
    Fanatics will never be convinced that they are insane. They just like the attention.

    Just look at the hoards of nuts who drag their children out to stand along the side of the road holding similar signs of aborted fetuses. They don't care what they do to their children.... they just want attention for being different. They want people to notice them.

    Or the people dropped off each week to stand out in front of Planned Parenthood clinics with stupid signs such as "The Pill Kills" and "Abortion is murder"..... yet all they're doing is scaring off young girls trying to take responsibility for themselves by getting birth control or condoms.

    The best way to handle the morons in the airplane and their banner is to not report on it or acknowledge them. The only way to fight the fanatics is to pretend they don't exist. The lack of attention may kill them.
  17. johnny mack
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    johnny mack - November 01, 2012 11:03 pm
    See this proves the problem with abortion. One can no longer say what they feel on the subject. It always ends up with people getting bashed. This world will never agree on this matter and the faster people get that the better off we'll be.
  18. beluga
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    beluga - November 01, 2012 10:30 pm
    Well this should ensure an Obama win.
  19. Zorro
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    Zorro - November 01, 2012 10:21 pm
    That ought to ensure a backlash vote for Democrats.
  20. Bono
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    Bono - November 01, 2012 9:29 pm
    Too bad that "Pro-Life" people don't care about babies once they are born. They are really just Pro-Birth and just want to force women to carry pregnancies to term rather than allow women to make decisions for themselves. ,
  21. johnny mack
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    johnny mack - November 01, 2012 8:52 pm
    It's a cruel fact of life. It's just one of many things. Parents don't want this but they'll let jr watch the evening news and hear about murders and rapes. Play video games that involve drugs and killing. Abortion is no longer a taboo. Sad truth.
  22. JBlank520
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    JBlank520 - November 01, 2012 8:42 pm
    This is not right at all! What about the parents who put parental blocks on their TV's and try to keep their children protected and carefully pick their schools!! I know I do and my daughter has emotional problems from being abducted when she was younger from a child care facility as well as the things she endured that scared her during the time she was with the people who abducted her and the interviews and assault kits she had to go through after. I try my best to protect her and her emotional state, to try to keep her from being reminded of anything that could cause a flash back for her. I know there are other children like her that should not be exposed to these graphic photos! What are we suppose to do keep are children in doors as much as possible during this week! Also what about women who have been raped or abducted that may have had to of had abortions.. Should they have to go through the emotional trauma of seeing these images flying in the air all week?? I do not believe this is right! Everyone has a right to there own believes and/or personal opinion don't get me wrong; that is what this country is suppose to be based on freedom of speech and press. With that being said though this is going to far! I may not support abortions except in extreme cases, I have a right to that and so do they but every women has a right to there own choices and personal feelings. There are other ways of pressing this issue and trying to have the issue of abortion brought up during the debate but exposing children and even women that might have had no other options but abortion (as in medical reasons) to these graphically disturbing and upsetting images is not the right way to go about things period! Children should be protected and be able to be children and not be exposed to adult concerns. Children are going to ask questions after seeing a very extreme graphic and emotional picture like the one described they will want answers. What ever happened to letting children be children while they can and keeping them out of adult issues? Why should they have to be put through the emotional stress of adult issues? How is this at all fare? Fair to the Children or the women that may have wanted to keep their baby but couldn't, to see these images... For a group to put these traumatic images out in front of them.. It's just not right. We all know the company/group will never acknowledge that what they are doing can cause an emotional toll or stress on anyone as they are only concerned about being heard and would never willingly say that they may be wrong in anyway, nor would they every say sorry. For all those children, parents and women these images are going to truly affect and/or harm I am truly sorry they can get away with this..
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