Abortion Art – a new way of expressing oneself – or pushing the boundaries beyond “repair”?

Ulf Ekman told us on his blog that “the battle for the right of unborn children needs to continue and that we should not get tired of engaging us. We cannot allow indifference, cynicism, mockery or anger stop us from defending the most unprotected persons in our nation” (world –added by me).

I came across an article in last weeks Yale Daily News where I found stated:

Beginning next Tuesday (tomorrow) , Aliza Shvarts will be displaying her senior art project, a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself “as often as possible” while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process.

The goal in creating the art exhibition, Shvarts said, was to spark conversation and debate on the relationship between art and the human body. But her project has already provoked more than just debate, inciting, for instance, outcry at a forum for fellow senior art majors held last week. And when told about Shvarts’ project, students on both ends of the abortion debate have expressed shock — saying the project does everything from violate moral code to trivialize abortion.

But Shvarts insists her concept was not designed for “shock value.”

“I hope it inspires some sort of discourse,” Shvarts said. “Sure, some people will be upset with the message and will not agree with it, but it’s not the intention of the piece to scandalize anyone.”

The New York Times picked up the story and is still puzzled about it… Although Yale Daily News retracted the story in their Friday issue Aliza Shvarts is still ambivalent about her intentions.

Whether or not it is true, (and I really hope it is not!) the sheer thought of using the unborn children as a tool to manipulate the media, opinions and the Arts is yet another example of the depravity of humankind without God. How deep have we fallen?


2 responses to “Abortion Art – a new way of expressing oneself – or pushing the boundaries beyond “repair”?

  1. I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but Oh my God! Humanity is referred to in scripture as “inventors of evil.” When members of our society believe there is no God, thus no consequences for actions, and that an unborn child is not a person, anything is possible. It’s still creeps you out though, doesn’t it?

  2. “Not for shock value”, she says? Bull—–!

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