Heckler with aborted fetuses sign dragged from Obama event

By David Edwards
Monday, November 5, 2012 14:10 EDT
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Anti-abortion heckler interrupts President Barack Obama in Ohio
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A man holding an upside sign that appeared to depict aborted fetuses was forcibly removed from an event where Barack Obama was speaking on Sunday night.

Soon after the president began his speech at the University of Cincinnati’s Fifth Third Arena, the man began shouting from the balcony while holding a sign that read, “This moral wrong should never be a constitutional right,” according to ABC News. The sign also included three gruesome medical photos of allegedly aborted fetus.

The crowd quickly interrupted with chants of “Four more years!”

“It’s okay,” Obama told the audience.

The heckler continued to shout as four officers worked to loosen his grip on the balcony railing, finally placing him in handcuffs and dragging him from the event.

The man was identified by KYPost.com as Rives Miller Grogan, who recently interrupted an Oct. 9 Cincinnati Reds game by running onto the field with a sign that read, “Abortion is a sin.” Grogan has also interrupted Supreme Court proceedings.

Another heckler was later removed from the Obama event on Sunday for interrupting the president with shouts about Hurricane Sandy.

“These might have been some Tennessee Titans fans mad about [losing to] the Chicago Bears,” the president joked awkwardly. “My Bears are pretty good.”

Watch this video, uploaded to YouTube on Nov. 4, 2012.

Watch this video from ABC News, broadcast Nov. 4, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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