- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 9, 2001

Motorists cruising Wisconsin Avenue NW at lunchtime yesterday got an eyeful of fetus limbs and baby heads held by forceps.
The spectacle — a demonstration featuring poster-sized photographs depicting the results of abortion — achieved shock value on the busy D.C. byway, just as its pro-life organizers intended.
The Face the Truth Tour, sponsored by Pro-Life Maryland, turned heads for more than an hour in the District yesterday after having turned up at Rockville Pike at Montrose and Randolph roads earlier in the day. The 40 volunteers then moved on to West Broad Street in Falls Church.
The group, which started its tour in Cumberland, Md., on Tuesday, planned to carry the grisly displays around the region through Saturday.
Similar pro-life tours are scheduled this summer in cities throughout the United States.
"Being shy hasn't gotten us far," said Joseph Scheidler, a Chicago resident and executive director of the Pro-Life Action League. "Our idea is direct action on the street."
Mr. Scheidler, whose organization is rallying local pro-life groups to conduct these tours, held an American flag and a poster of Jesus at the intersection of Wisconsin and Nebraska avenues.
Most of the images on display were not so wholesome.
"These are all authentic pictures we got from the abortionists," Mr. Scheidler said.Other participants with posters were spaced about 30 feet apart stretching several blocks. Warning signs gave drivers the opportunity to take a detour.
"Ugh," said Stephen Wormley, 13, as he walked past the placards held by volunteers in sweltering heat and humidity.
"I think it's going a little bit too far," he said, as his friend, Kyndall Hines, 14, nodded.
A small child, part of the pro-life group, handed Stephen a cup of water.
"I don't think I can drink this after seeing all that," he said.
Volunteer Albert Stecklein of Bethesda held a partial-birth abortion photo and clutched a rosary. He said the effort is making some immediate progress: Two women in Hagerstown, Md., decided against abortion after seeing the signs.
"It's a way to prick the American conscience," Mr. Stecklein said.
In the meantime, Alison Graham, 14, and Carrie Creegan, 12, handed literature to anyone who would take it.
"It's a good cause," Alison said. "There's no point being mad if you don't do something."
Some pedestrians and motorists appeared to be ignoring the signs. Some had strong reactions.
"They're doing something right," said Charles Davis, 38, of the District. "I've never seen nothing this gruesome in my life. I never thought I'd see it like this."
A nearby construction worker simply said: "I think it's wrong. It doesn't seem right."
"Judge not, lest ye be judged," said a man on a scooter who stopped at a red light. "You're hypocrites."


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