Posters Celebrating Fetal Development Ripped Down at Harvard

A series of simple posters by Harvard Right to Life, showing the early stages of fetal development, accompanied by cheerful text and line drawings, have so outraged pro-abortion students they are ripping the posters down.

In February, HRL began posting the series on campus. The posters contain photos of an unborn child named “Elena,” who offers enthusiastic, slightly goofy commentary on her development and enjoyment of life. One reads “Oh hi! I was just celebrating all my organs and me being 56 days alive, eight weeks old.” They are accented with colourful doodles and line drawings, and end with the statement “A person’s a person no matter how small.”

The posters generated heated controversy and triggered some violent reactions among abortion advocates on campus.

One person told the Harvard Crimson the image was “disgusting.”

“I personally find the image disgusting and don’t want to walk past it everyday,” Nichele M. McClendon said. “It doesn’t have to do with abortion as an issue or free speech; it’s about being decent and not being disgusting.”

Another Oh Harvard blogger wrote, on February 16:

“I think I have a right to not see that crap on my way to breakfast, lunch, and dinner… Ethically charged poster like that have no place in common spaces. Quite simply, if one is pro-choice, they make you uncomfortable and annoyed… Some things aren’t suited to cute posters with girly fonts and doodles. Some things don’t serve a real purpose…”

A Harvard Crimson editorial, written by Alexandra Atiya on March 10, said:

“[I]t is simply a statement of anger to express your ideas in the way of the “Elena Posters”… [I]t’s unnecessarily divisive… [T]his deliberately flattens an intensely painful and complicated issue. It also happens to misrepresent the pro-choice members of this campus as bloodthirsty baby killers.”

HRL president Meghan E. Grizzle said the posters were getting torn down “left and right,” and the organization had to constantly replace them.

”Apparently people find the picture of a fetus gruesome and I don’t understand why, because we’re not showing pictures of an aborted fetus or a dead baby.”

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