How exactly do we use those images of aborted fetuses?
by Gracie Remington
The New York Times' Lens blog has an interesting and unsettling piece on the production of images of aborted fetuses, featuring an interview with Monica Migliorino Miller, a theology professor at Madonna University and the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, who has been salvaging discarded fetuses and photographing them since 1988. Initially motivated by journalistic ideals ("We felt it was very important to make a record of the reality of abortion"), she has adapted her ideas of what is appropriate for use in the anti-abortion movement over time, and no longer believes that images featuring blood or organs are acceptable; additionally, she argues against the use of graphic images when attempting to involve children in the anti-abortion movement.
The article features interesting commentary from leaders on both sides of the abortion issue, and provides valuable insight into the various principles at work in the visual battle over a woman's right to an abortion. A highly recommended read.