Someone in my area has set up a billboard in the bed of their pickup truck with large photos that supposedly depict the remains of aborted fetuses. A manual for "covert operatives" on how to attack abortion providers and patients includes photos like these at the bottom of most of the pages. "The Nuremberg Files," a website which includes a listing of "Aborted and Nearly Aborted Abortionists," has multiple links exhorting the reader to view graphic photos that apparently depict these remains.
Amanda Marcotte has written about the training manual for the group Justice For All, which is, unfortunately, valuable information for each of us to know. She discusses their tactics, which include "a two story tall 3D display of fetus pictures next to pictures of Holocaust victims."
Anti-choice activists have made gore their stock-in-trade. But they don't reserve their library of grisly images only for the public, hoping to shock-convert people to their cause. They use these photos in their internal materials, things not really intended to be viewed by the larger public.
Just as The Passion of the Christ was rightly called "crucifixion porn," anti-choice activists are consuming massive amounts of abortion porn. It's not that people are actually receiving sexual gratification from displaying and viewing these images. Rather, they're using these images to provoke strong and ultimately false emotions from those who view them. Crucifixion porn, as it were, is a huge problem in American Evangelicalism and has been for some time. Youth events in particular feature excessively - and falsely - detailed accounts of Jesus's death - or the persecutions suffered by missionaries, etc. - as a way to manipulate adolescents' already-volatile emotions, to get them to come to the front of the auditorium and "make a decision for Jesus."
I don't need to see pictures of torture* in order to know that I oppose it. I don't need to see child pornography for its existence to sicken and enrage me, and anti-child pornography activists who displayed such images would be rightly shunned by society and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Simply put, there is something very wrong with a movement that uses images like these to shock society at large. Not even the sickos at 4chan go as far as the anti-choice movement. It's no wonder that anti-choicers are producing so many vicious and violent criminals; they're warped and infected by their own most common tactics.
*I do, however, think the Abu Ghraib photos should be made a matter of public record in order to force accountability on those who ordered and performed such abuse.