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Pro-choice organization holds contest to avoid ‘bulging’ belly stock photos for abortion stories

A pregnant woman with a painted baby on her belly takes part in a demonstration in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Februrary 3, 2013. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

A pro-abortion organization is under fire from pro-lifers after it started an international photography contest in order to create a gallery of stock photos to illustrate articles about abortion that do not feature visibly pregnant women.

The Museum of Contraception and Abortion in Vienna, Austria says it launched the “Stock Photos on Abortion” contest in order to provide the media and the public with a source of images that feature alternative illustrations of abortion, such as packages of abortion pills.

Most abortions, it argues, take place before a pregnancy is visible.

“Polarizing and stigmatising media coverage patronizes and even criminalizes women,” the contest’s website states. “The media represents a one-sided visual language that projects a wrong impression of abortion and the circumstances of women affected by unwanted pregnancy.”

Cash prizes are available for the first, second and third place entries.

The pro-abortion news outlet Rewire highlighted the contest and bemoaned “Preggobelly photos” in a blog post.

Critics characterized the contest as an attempt to falsely disassociate pregnancy from abortion.

Kristin Hawkins, president of Students for Life, told TheBlaze that “The abortion industry has been desperately trying to remove the stigma surrounding abortion for the past couple years.”

“Obviously nothing has worked, because most people know abortion takes innocent life and hence will always have a stigma, so they are trying new tactics,” Hawkins said. “This generation of Millennials has grown up with advanced technology that clearly shows the humanity of the child.”

Hawkins said that “this random museum and its supporters are insulting the intelligence of pretty much everyone by trying to deny that humanity.”

“So good luck with your stock photo contest pro-abortion people and don’t be surprised if a bunch of photographers send you photos of pregnant women,” she said.

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