Pro-Life Group Calls for University of Houston to Remove “Satanic Abortion Idol”

A Texan pro-life group has called for the University of Houston to cancel its plans to display a “satanic” statue honoring feminism, abortion and the late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

According to Texas Right to Lifethe university plan to show to the public a statue called “Witness,” described by the pro-life group as “an 18-foot-tall naked woman with braids shaped like goat horns and tentacle-like arms.” The bronze statue also wears a lace collar in imitation of Ginsburg’s recognizable style.

The university will display the statue from February 28 to October 31, calling it “a platform for artistic expression that encourages critical reflection and exploration of important issues,” according to a recent statement.

The statue was unveiled in Madison Square Park last year, where it was also denounced as “a pagan abortion idol.”

The actress, Shahzia Sikander, issued a statement in response to the criticism and said the statue aims to promote justice for women. He added that the statue is also a response to the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade and a tribute to the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, known for her continued leadership in favor of pro-abortionists.

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“The recent focus on reproductive rights in the United States after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade, which guarantees the constitutional right to abortion, comes first,” Sikander said. “In the process, is the undoing, too, of the indefatigable spirit of women who have collectively fought for their right to their own bodies for generations.”

“The radiant figure is a nod to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as seen in the detail that adorns her collar,” continued Sikander. “With Ginsburg’s death and the overturning of Roe, there was a setback in women’s constitutional progress.”

Texas Right to Life pointed out that the statue also bears the words “wow,” which means “wind,” “breathe,” “atmosphere” and “Eve” in Arabic and Hebrew. In a 2023 interview with The Art NewspaperSikander praises Eve as “the first transgressor.”

“Disobedience to God is certainly not something that should be valued by society, much less praised by a statue,” says Texas Right to Life. “On the contrary, art must show truth, goodness, and beauty: three eternal values ​​that reveal the nature of God. Art cannot have beauty without truth. Art cannot have truth without goodness.”

According to Texas Right to Life, the university is “proud” to display the statue.

“In Havah…to breathe, air, life, Shahzia shows how justice is conceptually and actively vibrant across cultures and genders. And yet, while the need for justice is universal, it is often blindly applied,” said Dr. Maria C. Gaztambide, the university’s executive director and chief curator of public art. “Shahzia is bringing gender and racial imbalances to the fore through this extraordinary work. We are proud to join forces with Madison Square Park in making this happen, while strengthening its reach beyond New York City.”

In response, Texas Right to Life began a petition “to keep the satanic abortion idol out of Texas.” The group also plans to peacefully protest at the university on February 28 during the opening of the exhibit.

“A statue honoring child sacrifice has no place in Texas,” the pro-life group said.

LifeNews Note: Hannah Hiester writes for CatholicVote, where this column is based originally appeared.

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