Magazine article Insight on the News

A Different Kind of Moving Image: Pro-Lifers Hit the Road

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Different Kind of Moving Image: Pro-Lifers Hit the Road

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Coming soon to a beltway near you: a convoy of trucks sporting gruesome billboards of aborted fetuses. Tiny, severed parts of first-trimester fetuses -- placed next to coins to indicate their scale -- will be displayed not just on sidewalks outside abortion clinics early on Saturday mornings, but on the nation's freeways for all eyes to see. Next to images of their bloody remains will be the word "Choice" with a phone number and a Website (www.abortionno.org).

During the next two months, the message-carrying trucks will hit freeways surrounding San Francisco, San Diego, Detroit and Ann Arbor, Mich., plus Washington, the Orlando and Miami areas in Florida and Long Island and Manhattan in New York, "until the killing stops," says Gregg Cunningham, the California lawyer masterminding the effort.

The project, orchestrated by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., "represents a sea change in pro-life tactics," says Cunningham. "We are moving from a small handful of activists displaying amateurishly small signs, occasionally on only a few street corners, to a multimillion-dollar project involving huge commercial billboards seen on major freeways by hundreds of thousands of motorists in large cities across the country each day. …

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