Images from the abortion front

As the US government is ground to a halt over the abortion drama, I offer these images shot during my 20 years of watching the right to life. Yes, a priest, one of the twins, Robert or Paul Schenck — did thrust a stillborn fetus in the face of photographers. Buffalo, 1992, Operation Rescue, “Spring of Life.” He used to carry it in his pocket and once tossed it at Bill Clinton. And yes, that is a pro life demonstrator with home made fetus grenades. The red gun with the baby barrel was a nice touch. Washington DC, 1995. The photograph was meant to run as a spread in Time Magazine but lawyers nixed it claiming that it painted the right to life movement with a terrorist tinge. Oh, and the figure under the umbrella, she’s the one causing all the trouble. That’s a woman seeking health care. The fundamentalists are flexing their muscles, so take heed, as abortion and women’s health care are just two of many issues on their hit list. ©All photos Nina Berman/NOOR