Abortion display spurs dialogue

Cody Nelson

Graphic photos of aborted fetuses sparked conversation at the University of Minnesota on Monday and Tuesday.

An anti-abortion display was brought to campus by Created Equal, a traveling group based in Columbus, Ohio. The non-profit visits college campuses and high schools around the U.S. to encourage students to be pro-life.

“Abortion is age discrimination,” Mark Harrington, the group’s executive director, said.

The group’s exhibit was displayed in front of Northrop Auditorium and Coffman Union on Monday and Tuesday and featured large images of aborted babies. The images were graphic and included things like the hands of an aborted fetus on a baseball. Other signs warned pedestrians of graphic images ahead.

Student response ranged from angry to supportive, according to Harrington, who also said many students’ views on abortion were undecided.

Although attendees said the event began as a respectful display of free speech, Tuesday’s display provoked a loud argument involving a few individuals at the display.

“I think it’s hilarious,” University junior Jeremy Sosman said. “It’s about as low as it gets.”

Andy Kallevig, freshman psychology student, disagreed with Created Equal’s methods of promoting their message.

“We shouldn’t put our energy into this,” he said, adding that people need more faith and acceptance instead of anger.

One University student group, Students for Human Life, was in attendance to show its support for Created Equal.