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Monday, April 21, 2008
FOX NEWS: Yale University has threatened to pull a senior student's controversial "abortion art" project from an exhibition Tuesday unless she admits she lied about artificially inseminating herself and inducing miscarriages to produce the piece.

Notice the desperate search for some reason to find the project objectionable other than the proposition that killing babies to produce bloodflow for an art project is morally fileable under "Mengele":
Last week, [Art School Dean Robert] Storr issued a statement saying that Shvarts' piece "is not an acceptable project in a community where the consequences go beyond the individual who initiates the project and may even endanger the individual."
How, exactly, do "the consequences go beyond the individual" if the fetuses who (according to the artist) may or may not have been conceived and herbally aborted to create the project are of no legal standing? Presumably the inseminators had no trouble giving consent, and no one is required to view the exhibit. Is Yale suddenly turning paternalistic here?

Or is Dean Storr dropping his ideological guard and granting these hypothetical fetuses human status, if only for purposes of spin?

Notice too that the maximum penalty under discussion is that Ms. Svartz's work of "creative fiction" (which Yale says it is, and she doesn't) will be "pulled" from "an exhibition." If you or I presented an unacceptable senior project, wouldn't we flunk and fail to graduate? Is that rule no longer in force, or is there an "art" exception or an "abortion" exception to it, or both?