Polish anti-abortion activists have caused shock with a giant billboard poster depicting aborted foetuses and Adolf Hitler in a campaign timed to remind Poles of Nazi rule during World War Two.
"Abortion was introduced for Polish women by Hitler on March 9, 1943," reads the poster, referring to a law passed by the Nazi regime during its brutal six-year occupation of Poland.
Images of blood-red aborted foetuses are juxtaposed with Hitler's brooding face on the poster.
The anti-abortion group Pro said it was entirely legitimate to make a link between abortion and Nazi crimes.
"It is our duty to fight for the rights of murdered children," Mariusz Dzierzawski, a campaign organiser, told Reuters. "Abortion is a crime and drawing such a parallel is absolutely justified."
And from the Polish press:
The campaign has been severely criticized in Poland even by the Catholic circles. “I’m afraid the campaign exceeds the limit of decency,” priest Adam Boniecki, editor-in-chief of Tygodnik Powszechny told Gazeta Wyborcza. The Pro Foundation is famous for its shocking campaigns, which have included a photo exhibition of a damaged foetus at a rock concert. “In the battle against abortion conventional methods are useless. We have no choice but to apply controversial ones,” the anti-abortion activist told Gazeta Wyborcza.
'We have no choice' = 'We were just following orders'?
They want to flood the country with these lovely images for anti-choice demonstrations planned for March 7, just ahead of Women's Day on March 8.
The weird thing is that Poland already has one of the strictest anti-abortion regimes in the world, let alone Europe.
For example, a Polish woman who had been told that her continued pregnancy would endanger her vision was denied an abortion. She took the state of Poland to the European Court of Human Rights and won.
But, like the fetus freak said, all's fair in this misogynist crusade: labelling disabled children god's punishment for abortion, race-baiting, and now this.
If you want to see the billboard, there's a photo here.