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Anti-abortion demonstrators to display graphic photos
A picture is worth a thousand words. At least, that’s the presumption being made by an anti-abortion group that will demonstrate on campus Tuesday with graphic photos of prenatal and aborted fetuses.
Mark Harrington, the executive director of Created Equal, will bring the organization to Ohio University’s campus and set up a photo exhibit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in Howard Park on the corner of College and East Union streets.
The group is not officially condoned by OU administrators or affiliated with any student organizations on campus.
“The opportunity to speak — to share ideas — is a fundamental foundation of who we are as an institution — to express our views and perspectives,” Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi said. “But the civility part is incredibly important to us and is what we’ll focus on.”
The group uses the photos to demonstrate its opinion on two of the largest issues in the abortion debate, Harrington said.
“First, we want to establish that the baby is a baby early in pregnancy,” he said. “Then, with the abortion images, we establish that abortion is an act of violence that kills the baby.”
Created Equal travels to high schools and two-year and four-year higher-education institutions in Ohio and Florida to stage its demonstrations. Since January, it has traveled to 15 colleges and universities and 11 high schools, Harrington said.
“We’re very respectful; we’re very civil in the way we approach the issue,” he said.
The group has no religious affiliation, he said.
“We’re coming at (the issue) from a human-rights perspective,” he said. “Although we’ll speak to religious issues, we’re not a religious group, per se.”
Lombardi stressed that organizations such as Created Equal often look for students to react to their protests.
“I would certainly encourage and ask any members of the Ohio University family and community to please try and keep that civility in mind, no matter how upset something might make you or no matter how enraged you might be by what someone else says,” Lombardi said. “I think we can conduct ourselves in a manner that’s appropriate.”
Attempts to contact the OU Women’s Center and VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood were unsuccessful.