Abortion plane!

A fringe Catholic group's protest of Obama's Notre Dame invitation is so nutty even conservative commentators disapprove.

Published May 5, 2009 1:35PM (EDT)

A Pew poll last week found that a majority of Catholics actually supported Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to give the commencement address. But as we inch toward the May 17 date, conservative opponents are ramping up their outrage. So far, nothing can hold a candle to the cuckoo "abortion plane" which has been circling the campus for weeks now. Hired by the Center for Bioethical Reform, the "abortion plane" plane trails a banner with a picture of a dead fetus and the words, "10 Week Abortion." The group's other banner reads, "Abortion is terror." How crazy is this? So crazy that even David Brody, Christian Broadcasting Network commentator, thinks it's a terrible idea:

Surely, there has GOT to be a better way of communicating the pro-life message. Is abortion a nasty thing? Yes. But if you’re trying to win people to your side of the argument these tactics don’t seem very helpful to the cause.

But "reasonable" doesn't seem to be in the CBR wheelhouse. Wonkette recently posted a letter sent to a student who dared to complain about the abortion plane, being understably weary of seeing pro-life messages advertised on campus like they were, you know, Captain Morgan's Rum. The response letter the student received is a jaw-dropper. You can read the whole hot mess here, but we'll quote the money line:

The sewers of South Bend are literally running red with the blood of Notre Dame’s children. We are going to figuratively pry open the manhole covers and force the entire university community to smell the stench of death. … Every time they look at that diploma, framed on their wall, we want them to see a dead baby.

OK, then. Have a blessed day!


By Sarah Hepola

Sarah Hepola is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, "Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget."

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