A rose is a rose is a rose. But according to a professor at Purdue University an image of a fetus is child pornography.
From Campus Reform:
At an April 24 debate hosted by the Boilermakers for Life student organization, David Sanders, an associate professor of Biology at Purdue, accused his interlocutor of “child pornography” for showing “images of fetuses” when defending his pro-life views.
“He thinks fetuses are children, and he belongs to an organization that likes to show images of fetuses,” Sanders remarked, referring to a pro-life activist group known as Created Equal, for which his opponent Seth Drayer works.
“What would you call the public display of a butt naked body of a child?” Sanders questioned. “I would call it child pornography. Do they have their permission? Do they have the permission of the fetus? Obviously not.”
The “logic,” if it can be called that, is fascinating. But the debate took a turn for the sillier when Sanders’s opponent pointed out that he had conceded that the professor was acknowledging that a fetus is a child. Sanders responded:
I didn’t admit it. I’m using his language. He thinks it’s a child. I do not.
The debate ended when Sanders’s opponent, Seth Drayer of the pro-life activist group known as Created Equal, made this critical point:
Federal law defines child pornography as ‘any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor.’ By all accounts, images of abortion victims do not even come close to meeting that definition. The displaying of images of dismembered preborn children in public have long been considered protected political speech by federal courts where displaying child pornography is a criminal act punishable with up to 30 years’ maximum in prison.
Sanders had no comeback for this, though if the debate had continued, he would have likely advocated for jail time for those who display images of fetuses.