(CNSNews.com) - Pro-life activists are taking "horrifying" images of aborted babies to Florida and 18 other states, as part of their effort to "push abortion to the forefront of the 2004 election."
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) says the "Key States" project includes a large fleet of box-body trucks, displaying billboard-sized color photos of aborted babies.
"CBR's fleet of reproductive 'choice' trucks will display 8' x 22' images of aborted fetuses at different stages of development," the group said in a press release.
In addition to the trucks, an airplane will tow a huge banner -- "force feeding people the horror of abortion," CBR Executive Director Gregg Cunningham said.
"Both the Tampa area and the Southeastern Coast of Florida will be a battleground in the presidential race, and abortion will be an issue," Cunningham added.
He said CBR plans to spend an entire month in Florida before moving on to Georgia with the truck-and-plane campaign.
"Anyone who is outdoors is going to see these images," Cunningham said - including children, who may be frightened, he admitted. But he said that's a tradeoff he's willing to make.
"If we run these billboard trucks and tow-banner airplanes, born children will be upset," he said. "If we don't, unborn children will die."
The photos confront people with incontrovertible evidence that it really is a baby," Cunningham said in the press release. "People are horrified."
The CBR's "Key States Initiative" plans to tour Tampa/St. Pete (Feb. 23-25); Miami, West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale (Feb. 26-March 2); Jacksonville (March 3-7); Tallahassee (March 8-10); and Pensacola (March 11-13), before moving on to 18 other states - right up to the November election.
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform describes itself as a non-profit educational foundation, founded in 1990 "with the goal of establishing justice for the unborn, disabled, the infirm and the aged through education and development of educational resources."
CBR has said that 2004 will be a "huge political year for the prospects of reversing Roe v. Wade.
"We will be ready to seize the moment, the group said in a January press release. "Legalized abortion is hanging by a thread."
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