Center for Bio-Ethical Reform
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) is an American anti-abortion organization. The Executive Director of the CBR is Gregg Cunningham, a former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives who has also held a number of other government positions. He was a member of the Reagan administration.
CBR projects include the Reproductive "Choice" Campaign, the Genocide Awareness Project, Matthew 28:20, and the AbortionNO web site.
The CBR has compared Nazi genocide and lynching victims to aborted fetuses, in the context of its Genocide Awareness Project. Its intentionally offensive displays have been held to be constitutionally protected speech.
English News reports describe a group called Abort67, "whose parent organisation is the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, which is run by an ex-Republican politician who has come over to train their activists".
In 2019 the UK affiliate of CBR targeted pregnant Labour MP and women's rights campaigner Stella Creasy by advertising on billboards and leafleting in her constituency. The advertising agency responsible for the "disgusting" billboards apologised, commenting "we accept that the content should have been scrutinised in greater detail and should not have been displayed" and removed the posters Some campaigning in the UK has been done under the banner of Abort67, a project of the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform UK, which was founded as a company in 2010. It has claimed at least £29,000 in gift aid, according to its accounts, but is not a charity so is not eligible for these payments.
The CBR advocates displaying graphic pictures of aborted fetuses, as well as the dead bodies of Holocaust and lynching victims. The use of shocking abortion photos has resulted in the CBR being a relatively controversial organization. During their protest at Liberty University and The College of William and Mary, the group was met with condemnations by even the campus pro-life organizations, who view the group's tactics and messages to be neither helpful nor appropriate.
Genocide Awareness ProjectEdit
The Genocide Awareness Project is a movable display which has been temporarily installed on multiple university campuses in the United States and Canada since 1997. The display includes pictures which are claimed to be of aborted fetuses or represent what an aborted fetus would look like, juxtaposed next to pictures of victims of genocide. In 2001, the display was mounted on trucks and driven round San Francisco Bay Area. This approach was also used earlier in Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Los Angeles area.
In many places students have protested the use of the words genocide and Holocaust in this context. For example, at the University of Maryland over 500 students signed the petition "I Am Insulted by the Exploitation of the Holocaust for Political Gain".
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6.76%, or $66,440, of the group's expenses goes to compensating Gregg Cunningham, who is listed as the secretary.
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