The University of Cincinnati will be posting private parts for very public viewing this week. On Wednesday (March 6th), the University of Cincinnati Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Alliance and the UC Feminists will host a panel led by Planned Parenthood (UPDATE: The panel was moved inside the abortion facility), and Thursday (March 7th) will host an “art” display called Re-envisioning the Female Body (page includes a picture of a vagina) featuring 12 billboard-sized images of female genitalia on campus.
The groups say, “The idea and focus of this demonstration formed in response to the gruesome images brought to UC’s campus by the Genocide Awareness Project. Their billboard sized photographs equated mutilated fetuses with genocide victims in an effort to shame women, comparing reproductive choice to holocaust. Our demonstration serves to call attention to the vagina as a site of conflict in medical, legislative, domestic, and representational arenas. Its purpose is to incite conversation about the objectification, exploitation, and discrimination of women’s bodies in advertising, health care, reproductive rights, and queer identities.”
Annmarie Condit of UC Students for Life, the group that brought Genocide Awareness Project and Created Equal’s Justice Ride to campus, will be passing out flyers with UC SFL informing students about Planned Parenthood’s corrupt business practices – preying off young women to fund their $1 billion industry.
Condit said, “The UC Students for Life are deeply saddened by this response to our use of abortion pictures on campus. The abortion pictures, while shocking and offensive, display the truth about the humanity of the babies killed by abortion. Using objectifying images of women with the claim that it makes a political or artistic statement is an utter non-response to the important issue of abortion; it’s nothing but the depraved use of obscenity for shock value. This display is an embarrassment to the students who are organizing it, and to the university as a whole.”
“Of course Planned Parenthood would be involved in this kind of immature campus event. They stand to make money off of the promotion of sex, as they sell the “have sex, there are no-consequences” line. Fifty percent of people who are sexually active will get an STD by age 25, and one in four of all college age students have an STD. Planned Parenthood isn’t an educational group; it’s an industry. It sells contraception, abortions, and STD treatment and makes over $300 million each year in profit while STD rates rise,” said SFLA President Kristan Hawkins.
“Forty-six percent of abortions are performed on college-aged women, so it’s no wonder why the local Planned Parenthood is less than a mile from UC’s campus. They want to be close to their targeted customers, and this event will only help market their lies. What these displays should be showing is a vagina with genital warts or a dead preborn baby being ripped from it as that is what Planned Parenthood sells.
“I’m proud of UC SFL for standing up for Life and showing their campus the truth behind Planned Parenthood and abortion.”
UPDATE: Here is the flyer the groups are using to promote the events