Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Surgery as Art [Serge]

Steve Wagner at Stand to Reason makes an excellent point regarding the recent hoax at Yale. I can take it a step further.

This is a curious demand. If abortion doesn't kill a human being, what could possibly be wrong with Shvart's project? It's a bit crude, I suppose, but with all of the other things that pass as art these days, it seems odd to exclude abortion from the mix. If someone were displaying the tissue that was removed during their liposuction surgery, people would recoil, but I doubt the university would censor it.
In fact, there are many pictures throughout the internet of individuals who display the bloody, graphic results of their minor outpatient surgery. In fact, some of them may even be my patients (although I have yet to see any). Look here, here, or here.

Question for further discussion: is there any difference between a woman who chooses to display the results of an abortion and those who choose to display their extracted wisdom teeth? Both procedures are legal, are frequently performed, and are somewhat bloody. What is the difference?

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