If you were out for a stroll on Main Street yesterday, chances are you were subject to some pretty graphic images. Representatives of CBR Maryland (Center for Bio-Ethical Reform), a pro-life group, took to Main Street with large posters and canvas mats depicting what appeared to be aborted fetuses.
Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinions and the Constitution guarantees that. We have seen it when the Westboro Baptist Church protested at Ft. Meade, Glen Burnie High, and most recently in Annapolis earlier this year.
We asked one of the sign-holders if he felt it was inappropriate to display such graphic images when there were plenty of children out on a Sunday with a Spring Fling Festival. He would not engage other than to say “what do you think of this?”, gesturing to the sign. We asked if this was to be a regular protest and he indicated that they would be back.
Yesterday, we took to twitter and send a tweet out about the image and copied Annapolis Mayor, Josh Cohen on the tweet. Caution, graphic image below!
— Eye On Annapolis (@eyeonannapolis) April 21, 2013
While the mats they placed on the sidewalk (visible in the upper right corner of the image) were not literally blocking the sidewalk, in places, one needed to walk on top of them to pass.
Regardless of your position on abortion, I think that there is a time and a place for adult discussions, which abortion most certainly is. CBR Maryland seems to be using a page from the Westboro Baptist Church playbook and going for shock value in a most public place.
Annapolis has had pro-lifers protest in front of the Planned Parenthood offices on West Street for years. Severna Park has seen protests at the Severna Park Pregnancy Clinic for years. But the protestors typically only protest during the office hours when procedures are likely to happen. Additionally, they tend to remain at a distance so that adults are able to make the decision to expose children to the graphic images. That was not an option on Sunday as I witnessed many children come face to face (quite literally considering the size of the signs) with a medical procedure.
What are your thoughts? Should this type of protest be allowed? Did you see this organization? Let’s discuss!