Yale Investigation Finds No Human Blood in "Abortion Art" Student’s Studio
by Steven Ertelt
April 24, 2008
New Haven, CT (LifeNews.com) — Yale officials have conducted an investigation into the art studio of senior Aliza Shvarts, who created a national controversy last week when she claimed to have intentionally impregnated herself repeatedly and filmed herself having self-induced abortions.
Shvarts supposedly created an art project consisting of the videos and plastic sheets covered in her blood from the abortions.
Yale officials said Shvarts admitted the project was a ruse, but she later denied the claim.
However, her project wasn’t shown Tuesday with those of other graduating art students because she wouldn’t sign a statement Yale officials produced admitting she was never pregnant and never had the alleged abortions.
Now, Yale representatives say they searched Shvarts’ art studio and their probe found no traces of human blood — putting her claims further in doubt, though there is no way to know if her project was examined.
The New Haven Register newspaper published a report today saying Shvarts’ project itself was examined but Yale officials told the Yale Daily News that’s not correct.
Shvarts would not comment to the student newspaper about the investigation, which it said adds more doubt to her claims to have impregnated herself and had repeated abortions.
Meanwhile, Robert Storr, the dean of the Yale School of Art, distributed a second statement to the media saying neither he nor any other Yale faculty have seen Shvarts’ art project, the very nature of which remains in doubt."
He called the alleged presentation a "phantom work" but said that if "its substance and genesis is clarified beyond any doubt it may join the work already on view.
That means if Shvarts can validate the authenticity of her "work" her videos and plastic sheets could join the legitimate art projects her 20 classmates submitted.