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Taco John
04-17-2008, 04:37 PM
Yale Art Student Claims She Used Blood Samples, Video of Self-Induced Abortions for Senior Project
Thursday, April 17, 2008

By Catherine Donaldson-Evans

A Yale student who claims she artificially inseminated herself "as often as possible" and then took drugs to induce miscarriages for her senior art project says she will showcase the stomach-turning display next week ó complete with her own blood samples and videos from the terminated possible pregnancies.

The story of art major Aliza Shvarts' upcoming exhibit, which the Yale Daily News broke Thursday, has sparked widespread disgust and outrage.

"Itís clearly depraved. I think the poor woman has got some major mental problems," said National Right to Life Committee President Wanda Franz. "Sheís a serial killer. This is just a horrible thought."

Critics on campus have said the display sounds like a shock-and-awe look at the highly sensitive issue of abortion and called it a sick stunt to get attention. The abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America also condemned the exhibit.

"This 'project' is offensive and insensitive to the women who have suffered the heartbreak of miscarriage," said NARAL's communication director Ted Miller in a statement.

But Shvarts said the goal of the project is to encourage debate and discussion about the connection between art and the human body.

"I hope it inspires some sort of discourse," Shvarts, whose age was withheld, told Yale's newspaper. "Sure, some people will be upset with the message and will not agree with it, but it's not the intention of the piece to scandalize anyone."

The senior's campus phone has been disconnected, and she did not respond to e-mailed requests for an interview. Yale University also didn't return calls seeking comment.

Shvarts told the school paper that her sperm donors, whom she declined to identify, were not paid for their participation but added that she did require them to be screened for STDs.

The drugs she took to induce contractions and miscarriages were legal and herbal in nature, according to Shvarts ó who didn't specify what they were. The art major insisted she wasn't concerned about the effects of her research on her own body.

But ob-gyn Dr. Manuel Alvarez, FOXNews.com's health managing editor, said the young woman should have been worried because what she was doing was extremely unsafe.

"Itís quite dangerous," Alvarez said. "She was playing Russian roulette with her life, if she indeed did this to these unborn children for the sake of art. I donít even have the words to express the disbelief that I have."

Alvarez said herbal remedies to trigger uterine contractions have long been used in countries where abortions are illegal ó including certain raspberry teas and strong cinnamon teas ó but they are far from consistently effective, and they tend to be risky.

"They interfere with pregnancy and are either toxic to the fetus or cause contractions," he explained. "The reason they are effective is that they create side effects, but none of them are 100 percent prescriptive to be abortive."

Shvarts wouldn't say how many times she was artificially inseminated and actually got pregnant for the project ó which she described to the Yale paper as a huge cube hanging from the ceiling and swathed in plastic sheeting smeared with her blood from the reported miscarriages. The existence and number of pregnancies Shvarts may have had weren't independently confirmed.

Videos taken of what the college student says were self-induced abortions in her bathtub will be projected both on the cube's sides and on the gallery walls.

The exhibit will be on public display from April 22 to May 1 at Yale's Holcombe T. Green Jr. Hall. Shvarts will be honored at a reception April 25.

Franz likened Shvarts' process of artificial insemination and induced miscarriages to the human experimentation that took place during the Holocaust. She said the Yale senior's work highlights a stark truth about American society's approach to abortion.

"She really has hit on a reality that what she has done is legal," Franz said. "Anything she chooses to do here canít be stopped in terms of legality. And there are people fighting for her right to do this."

Alvarez believes such an endeavor in the name of art is offensive, harmful and insensitive, especially to women who face difficult choices about pregnancy or who aren't able to conceive.

"Anybody who trivializes a womanís choice to terminate a pregnancy is really not contributing anything positive to these matters," he said. "I donít see anything artistic about this. ... Itís completely unethical and immoral. What have we accomplished? Absolutely nothing."

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,351608,00.html

Bowser
04-17-2008, 04:46 PM
What the f*ck is wrong with people?


But, props to the right-to-chose people for denouncing this.

Adept Havelock
04-17-2008, 04:54 PM
Must be a Yale Boutique Liberal.

"It’s clearly depraved. I think the poor woman has got some major mental problems," said National Right to Life Committee President Wanda Franz. "She’s a serial killer. This is just a horrible thought."

Depraved, I'd agree. A serial killer? :rolleyes:

In spite of the (IMO) lame over the top rhetoric, good on them and NARAL for bringing attention to this nutter.


But, props to the right-to-chose people for denouncing this.
That too.

Bowser
04-17-2008, 04:56 PM
Must be a Yale Boutique Liberal.

"Itís clearly depraved. I think the poor woman has got some major mental problems," said National Right to Life Committee President Wanda Franz. "Sheís a serial killer. This is just a horrible thought."

Depraved, I'd agree. A serial killer? :rolleyes:

In spite of the lame over the top rhetoric, good on them for bringing attention to this nutter.

Speaking of nutter, I wonder how many millions of potential babies died on the belly or face of Ms. Franz over the years?

Adept Havelock
04-17-2008, 04:59 PM
Speaking of nutter, I wonder how many millions of potential babies died on the belly or face of Ms. Franz over the years?

Heh. Probably not as many as you might think.

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HolmeZz
04-17-2008, 05:01 PM
As someone who encounters Yalies on a daily basis, you would be surprised to learn how stupid a majority of them are. Or perhaps you wouldn't be.

Bowser
04-17-2008, 05:01 PM
Heh. Probably not as many as you might think.

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Huh. Should have said hundreds.

Bowser
04-17-2008, 05:02 PM
As someone who encounters Yalies on a daily basis, you would be surprised to learn how stupid a majority of them are. Or perhaps you wouldn't be.

"Rich people aren't crazy. They're eccentric".

Donger
04-17-2008, 05:03 PM
That's pretty f*cked up.

noa
04-17-2008, 05:05 PM
That's just disgusting in every way. How can you claim that wasn't for shock value? What an intellectually dishonest statement. This was clearly to offend, and its inarticulate, simplistic, and stupid. It demeans art as a whole when someone just wants to find the most offensive thing possible to make people "think." Jeez, if you can't make people think through symbolism, but actually have to do what this girl did, then your "art" sucks and you aren't an "artist."

Adept Havelock
04-17-2008, 05:07 PM
That's just disgusting in every way. How can you claim that wasn't for shock value? What an intellectually dishonest statement. This was clearly to offend, and its inarticulate, simplistic, and stupid. It demeans art as a whole when someone just wants to find the most offensive thing possible to make people "think." Jeez, if you can't make people think through symbolism, but actually have to do what this girl did, then your "art" sucks and you aren't an "artist."

We really need an icon for "Thunderous Applause". :clap: just doesn't seem adequate.

Bowser
04-17-2008, 05:11 PM
How many Maplethorpe's do you have on the wall, noa?

:p

stlchiefs
04-17-2008, 05:15 PM
Wow. How absolutely repulsive. This woman has more issues than anyone could ever diagnose. What a sick, sick person.

noa
04-17-2008, 05:16 PM
How many Maplethorpe's do you have on the wall, noa?

:p

Just the one with the bullwhip in his ass. Love it.

Bowser
04-17-2008, 05:40 PM
Wow. How absolutely repulsive. This woman has more issues than anyone could ever diagnose. What a sick, sick person.

True. I wonder what events has transpired in her life to make her think she needs to show the world her "art", or how she even got to the place where she convinced herself it was art to begin with. I probably don't want to know.

banyon
04-17-2008, 06:14 PM
Wow. How absolutely repulsive. This woman has more issues than anyone could ever diagnose. What a sick, sick person.

It took this hateful c*nt to help us find agreement on an issue.

I'm against the death penalty, but if we need any suicide bombers of our own to send to Iraq, we should sign her up.

Logical
04-17-2008, 07:13 PM
Speaking of nutter, I wonder how many millions of potential babies died on the belly or face of Ms. Franz over the years?

This is an over the top expression of her beliefs, I am not sure that makes her nuts.

BucEyedPea
04-17-2008, 07:35 PM
Well her art stinks, literally.
Dried blood smells pretty bad never mind bits and pieces of placenta.

dirk digler
04-17-2008, 07:40 PM
What a c-u-n-t. You just can't do much about stupid.

Bowser
04-17-2008, 07:57 PM
Well her art stinks, literally.
Dried blood smells pretty bad never mind bits and pieces of placenta.

I'm repulsed and attracted to you all at once, and it freaks me out.



:p

Bowser
04-17-2008, 07:58 PM
What a c-u-n-t. You just can't do much about stupid.

I'm sure BEP is only talking theoretically. :D

Brock
04-17-2008, 08:00 PM
If you're pro choice, quit bitching.

Bowser
04-17-2008, 08:03 PM
If you're pro choice, quit bitching.

Why? Whether or not you're pro choice isn't the issue. The fact that she's a demented psycho is.

SLAG
04-17-2008, 08:23 PM
Its a Hoax:

Revealed as HOAX: Yale Student Did Not Impregnate Herself or Have Multiple Abortions for School "Art" Project

By John-Henry Westen
April 17, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The internationally reported art project of a Yale University art major who said she would document a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself "as often as possible" while periodically taking abortifacient drugs, has been revealed as a hoax.
Yale released a statement today indicating that senior student Aliza Shvarts "stated to three senior Yale University officials today, including two deans, that she did not impregnate herself and that she did not induce any miscarriages." The statement added, "The entire project is an art piece, a creative fiction designed to draw attention to the ambiguity surrounding form and function of a woman’s body." Yale defended Shvarts' project stating, "She is an artist and has the right to express herself through performance art," but added, "Had these acts been real, they would have violated basic ethical standards and raised serious mental and physical health concerns."
According to a report in the Yale University newspaper, the Yale Daily News, Shvarts was to commence a display of her senior art project Tuesday which reportedly featured her artificial inseminations and drug induced abortions.
"Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process," said the paper. "The goal in creating the art exhibition, Shvarts said, was to spark conversation and debate on the relationship between art and the human body."
"I hope it inspires some sort of discourse," Shvarts told the paper. "Sure, some people will be upset with the message and will not agree with it, but it's not the intention of the piece to scandalize anyone."
The paper suggested that some students did disagree with the 'art,' but Shvarts also was able to find other enthusiasts. Art major Juan Castillo told the paper "I really loved the idea of this project, but a lot other people didn't. I think that most people were very resistant to thinking about what the project was really about."
For her part, Shvarts indicated that her education in 'art' at Yale has taught her that her project is appropriate. "I believe strongly that art should be a medium for politics and ideologies, not just a commodity," Shvarts told the Daily Yale. "I think that I'm creating a project that lives up to the standard of what art is supposed to be."

The story seemed believable coming from Yale, since the university has a history of unquestioning abortion support.
In 2006, the university announced that ob/gyn residents at Yale's School of Medicine must undergo training in abortion procedures in a required residency program established by Planned Parenthood's Connecticut branch (PPC). In 2007, the university observed "Roe v. Wade" week in which pro-abortion campus clubs taught students how to commit the "simple procedure" of abortion - a procedure made complicated and "emotionally traumatic" by "media attention."
To contact the Yale School of Art:
Yale University School of Art
1156 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut
(203) 432-2600
To contact the president of Yale University:
Richard Charles Levin
President's Office
Yale University
PO BOX 208229
New Haven, CT 06520-8229
Email: presidents.office@yale.edu
Telephone: (203) 432-2550
Fax: (203) 432-7105

Read related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
"Roe v. Wade Week" at Yale Features Do It Yourself Abortions
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/jan/07012503.html
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Adept Havelock
04-17-2008, 08:27 PM
Oh. "Performance Art". OK, so she's an attention whore, not a psycho. :shrug:



It's A FAAAAKE!!

SNR
04-17-2008, 08:39 PM
Yeah, I was gonna post the hoax link.

This DOES remind me of something I did in 6th grade, though. We had to paint self-portraits in art class of what we thought we'd look like in 20 years. All the guys in the class pictured themselves with beards, of course. I went the next step.

We had a long-haired black persian cat at home. I kept one of her hair piles after a brushing one night and used that as my beard in the picture :D

The cool thing? Everybody LOVED it. It did look pretty cool, I thought. Until I told them what it was. :)

Cat hair isn't quite human abortions, I know, but still, it's a cool story.

Pitt Gorilla
04-17-2008, 08:42 PM
If you're pro choice, quit bitching.Why shouldn't people bitch about crappy art?

Amnorix
04-17-2008, 08:55 PM
Ewww. Repulsive and deplorable.

Amnorix
04-17-2008, 08:56 PM
If you're pro choice, quit bitching.


Don't be absurd.

'Hamas' Jenkins
04-17-2008, 09:05 PM
Wow.

This is why satire and shock art should only be handled by masters in those fields. Having someone like this do it is about as intelligent as playing tag with nitroglycerin filled balloons.

This raving moron not only undermines the opinions of people who are pro-choice, but she denigrates the work of relevant shock art that is actually craftfully done.

I think Pig Vomit said it best:

"That motherf*ckin' goddamn degenerate f*cking c*nt."

banyon
04-17-2008, 09:25 PM
Well we all agree this is wretched, so where's meme to defend this?

Adept Havelock
04-17-2008, 09:40 PM
Well we all agree this is wretched, so where's meme to defend this?

Spending quality time with her John Edwards Realdoll?

Thig Lyfe
04-17-2008, 10:01 PM
Boy, and I thought the art chick in The Shape of Things was ****ed up.
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It stars Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz. Written and directed by Neil LaBute (KU alum).

Pitt Gorilla
04-17-2008, 10:25 PM
The aspect that really bothers me is that people bought it. Some idiot wrote this story without checking out the facts. If it's this easy to dupe people, expect copycats to crawl out of the woodwork. People will believe anything.

banyon
04-17-2008, 10:55 PM
Boy, and I thought the art chick in The Shape of Things was ****ed up.
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It stars Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz. Written and directed by Neil LaBute (KU alum).

That was an especially interesting movie. It disturbed me because I knew a chick a little like that.

Adept Havelock
04-17-2008, 11:15 PM
Damn. As it's a fake, we can't ask her to save the big chunks for Mecca's Avatar.

Discuss Thrower
04-18-2008, 12:41 AM
Oh. "Performance Art". OK, so she's an attention whore, not a psycho. :shrug:



It's A FAAAAKE!!

Great reference. Rep.

Chiefmanwillcatch
04-18-2008, 01:00 AM
Boy, and I thought the art chick in The Shape of Things was ****ed up.
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It stars Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz. Written and directed by Neil LaBute (KU alum).

Free movie! How long till they take it down?

Thig Lyfe
04-18-2008, 01:22 AM
Free movie! How long till they take it down?

Approx. never.

Hulu is a Universal/News Corp. operation. It's all totally legal.

Cave Johnson
04-18-2008, 12:23 PM
She looks nothing like Rachel Weisz.

patteeu
04-18-2008, 01:44 PM
As someone who encounters Yalies on a daily basis, you would be surprised to learn how stupid a majority of them are. Or perhaps you wouldn't be.

My main experience with them is go bowe... so you be the judge. ;)