Art and Murder

I’m once again in a quandry as a conservative who strongly advocates free speech.  I don’t know where to start or end on this one.  The article speaks for itself.

A Yale student who claims she artificially inseminated herself “as often as possible” and then took drugs to induce miscarriages for her senior art project says she will showcase the stomach-turning display next week — complete with her own blood samples and videos from the terminated possible pregnancies….

Videos taken of what the college student says were self-induced abortions in her bathtub will be projected both on the cube’s sides and on the gallery walls.

The exhibit will be on public display from April 22 to May 1 at Yale’s Holcombe T. Green Jr. Hall. Shvarts will be honored at a reception April 25.

What can you say about that?  It’s thoroughly disgusting, repulsive and obscene.  But it’s also perfectly legal.  I was impressed by the outcry against the exhibit.

The abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America also condemned the exhibit.

This ‘project’ is offensive and insensitive to the women who have suffered the heartbreak of miscarriage,” NARAL’s communication director Ted Miller said in a statement.

And from the medical side…

But ob-gyn Dr. Manuel Alvarez,’s health managing editor, said the young woman should have been worried because what she was doing was extremely unsafe.

“It’s quite dangerous,” Alvarez said. “She was playing Russian roulette with her life, if she indeed did this to these unborn children for the sake of art. I don’t even have the words to express the disbelief that I have.”

I just don’t know where it ends.  Things like this sometimes make me believe that society is truly sick.  Wanda Franz of the National Right to Life Committee puts it into perspective.

Franz likened Shvarts’ process of artificial insemination and induced miscarriages to the human experimentation that took place during the Holocaust. She said the Yale senior’s work highlights a stark truth about American society’s approach to abortion.

“She really has hit on a reality that what she has done is legal,” Franz said. “Anything she chooses to do here can’t be stopped in terms of legality. And there are people fighting for her right to do this.”

And that’s the rub of it.  Because our courts have determined, erroneously, that killing an unborn child is legal, Shvarts is fully within her rights to undertake such a disgusting project.  It is a project that trivializes life and flaunts the right to murder that was established by activist judges in Roe v. Wade.

While I will not call for the removal of this exhibit or exhort others to terrorize this sick woman, I will use this as a call for November.  Activist judges, the kind that Obama and Hillary would appoint, make this garbage possible.  We cannot and should not let this happen. This should be a stark reminder of the issues that are at stake this November.  I cannot think of a better reason to reject the liberal malignancy that infests Washington and return the power to people who reject this sordid moral decay.

UPDATE:  There are now conflicting reports about the project.  The Yale administration and faculty now say that Shvarts’ project was a hoax, citing a conversation they had with her previously.  Now Shvarts has retorted that the project is indeed real.  You can read the update.  In any case, it’s still sickeneing.


6 thoughts on “Art and Murder

  1. It’s also just plain stupid.

    I remember when art took talent and was something people were stirred to look at. How does looking at someone’s abortions stir people, except to vomiting?

    Crap like this would end most quickly if the people responsible for funding such trash would admit that the emperor of art has no clothes.

  2. I think this has little to do with politics, art or the politics of art. No matter how the young lady wishes to “spin” this exhibit, it is more about self-destructive behavior than art. In other words: evidence that, yes, there are mentally disturbed people in the world who are perfectly cabable of excelling in some areas of their life (such as academics) despite their severe mental state. I fault the college for not recognizing this for what it is: extremely self-destructive behavior. I would compare it to allowing a student to film himself repeatedly cutting his wrists or breaking his own leg with a hammer. Even if intervention is not possible, displaying the result should not be allowed because it makes the sponsor (in this case, the University) a party to the self-destructive behavior. I think there would be legal concerns as well. For example, no University would allow a science student to experiment on herself taking poisons and recording the effects for “science.” Even if the results provided useful data, the University would distance themselves from the behavior as much as possible.

  3. Hmmn. It sounds to me like the artist here is crazy like a fox. When you can’t make it on talent alone or you are too afraid to try, then turn to the one thing that seldom fails:

    Shock Value

    Shock Value works very well in America. Was that art piece known as The Piss Chirst really art? The answer is, it doesn’t matter. Shock Value brought that piece attention no amount of paid advertising could buy.

    Brokeback Mountain was a pretty good film. But you can’t tell me that film would have been as successful if it were about two closeted gay accountants in 1963 Detroit vs. two gay cowboys in 1963 Wyoming.

    I think the bigger question here is why do Americans engage shock value gambits?

  4. Phil I’ve missed being able to read all the stuff you pick up. Where is the National attention on this crap? I like how the abortion ladies were quick to criticize.

    As you put it, this is a travesty on behalf of Roe v. Wade and I guess they figured they best do a little damage control before that point became overwhelmingly apparent to the rest of us.

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