Pro-life display on Univ. of Alabama campus stirs strong emotion

Pro-life display on Univ. of Alabama campus stirs strong emotions

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"Bama Students for Life" members set up the pro-life display on the quad. Source: WBRC video "Bama Students for Life" members set up the pro-life display on the quad. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Some say an abortion protest on the University of Alabama campus goes too far.

The display includes graphic images of aborted fetuses that have some students concerned but others don't have a problem with them.

Some of the images show fetuses aborted at 10 weeks and 24 weeks old.

"It was just graphic...walking by it's like, "Whoa, what's going on,'" student Diamond Bedell said.

The display definitely caught the attention of students walking through the quad.

"I just thought they were a bit graphic, bit much for being on campus," student Kyle Tindle said.

Claire Chretien is with "Bama Students for Life," the group behind the display, which is also part of a genocidal awareness project.

"We want people to see the humanity of the unborn child and the inhumanity of abortion," she said.

Chretien says the point of the display is to educate and show students what abortion really looks like and the group hopes they will get others to understand pro-life views.

"Every successful social reform group has used graphic pictures to show humanity of the victim and inhumanity of the crime," Chretien said.

Chretien shared why she thinks the images spark such a strong response.

"The reason these graphic photos bother people is beacuse of what they show: a baby in pieces and that's what abortion is. So if people are offended by the photos they should be even more offended by the act of abortion, they should be offended by what the photos are showing which is a human life murdered through legal abortion," she said.

Student Joe Hart wasn't one of the students who were offended though he does think the images are disturbing.

"I think we shouldn't be offended by the truth," he said. "This is actually what happens and if we want to accept that as a society we need to come to grips with what we're actually allowing to happen with our laws."

The display will be out again on the quad Thursday. The university approved the display. A university spokesperson tells FOX6 News that officials respect students' First Amendment right to express their opinions.

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