HURT: No ifs, ands or butts — FDA warning photos faked

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Not that these government officials had to defend themselves or their campaign from anyone sitting in the audience section. Most questions began with a glowing congratulations or an emotional thank you.

“What languages will be available on the quit line?” inquired one of the questioners about the hotline number that will be plastered beneath each of the haunting images.

The gruesome nature of the pictures call to mind the deeply disturbing and bloody pictures pro-life protesters blow up and carry on picket signs outside political events.

A tiny fist, clenched as if around a finger — or in agony — ripped from its wrist, trailed by bloody veins. Or the unmistakable image of a baby’s face, squished and distorted and wrenched off its skull.

Few people find themselves exposed to these horrific images more often than reporters here in Washington, who travel the countryside chasing after political candidates.

When a bus full of reporters pulls into a political rally, these pictures bob up and down right at bus window level. A quiet falls over everyone.

Reporters recoil internally and give a shiver. They look away from the windows. One will invariably spit, “That should be illegal.”

Visually, in terms of repulsiveness, there is little difference between the tactics of the abortion protesters and those of the federal government. In fact, the only difference is that the government doctored its pictures.

And you paid for them.

Charles Hurt’s column appears Wednesdays. He can be reached at charleshurt@live.com.

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