In response to "Abortion foes exploiting crime victims" (Feb. 29, Letters): I agree, photographs of aborted children are a horrific and gruesome sight. Nevertheless, the photographs are true; abortion is horrific and gruesome. On Aug. 28, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till from Chicago was beaten to death in Mississippi for speaking to a married white woman. Emmett's mutilated body was sent back to his mother for burial in a sealed casket. Emmett's mother, Mamie Bradley, insisted on an open-casket funeral, so that "all the world could see what they did to my son." The published photograph's of Emmett Till's corpse sparked public outrage and was a catalyst for the civil rights movements in the United States. Sometimes exposing the horrific and gruesome truth is a necessary part of informing the public of the facts, and hopefully serving as a catalyst for change.