Polish anti-abortion group shocks with Hitler poster

Thu Mar 4, 2010 4:05pm EST
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By Dagmara Leszkowicz

WARSAW (Reuters Life!) - Polish anti-abortion activists have caused shock with a giant billboard poster depicting aborted fetuses 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 fetuses 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 organizer, told Reuters. "Abortion is a crime and drawing such a parallel is absolutely justified."

Separately, he told the Gazeta Wyborcza daily: "Hitler gave the right of abortion to women, including Poles, who were considered representatives of inferior races."

The poster campaign also coincides with International Women's Day on March 8, when feminists in Poland traditionally stage demonstrations to call for greater equality, including the right to an abortion.

The poster has so far only appeared in Poznan, western Poland, but Dzierzawski said Pro aimed to put it up in at least 30 other towns and cities across the country.   Continued...

<p>A pedestrian passes by an anti-abortion poster showing a picture of Adolf Hitler juxtaposed with a foetus from an abortion, in the center of Poznan March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Marek Lapis/FORUM</p>