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Dozens of young people collapsed as if dead on a pier in Huntington Beach, Calif., to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that wiped out state laws banning abortion.

The youth, part of an organization called Survivors, wants to symbolize the millions of children that have died in what they call “the holocaust of our generation.”

The group drew attention in March 2004 when it conducted “die-ins” in front of the “March for Women’s Lives” in Washington, D.C., and also during the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

The group says it is using the protest today, one day before the anniversary, to call attention to the fact that the Roe decision and the millions of abortions it sanctions is not “settled law,” as some senators have insisted during recent hearings from Supreme Court nominees.

“With the appointment of two new justices to the Supreme Court, our nation is at a turning point,” the group says in a statement.

“Abortion never should have been the law of the land. The tide is changing. Americans are coming to grips with the horror of abortion and the reality that abortion hurts women. The changing face of the Supreme Court is a reflection of America’s change of heart.”

One of the young people participating today, 15-year-old Kara W., said she hopes people passing by “will see our bodies and contemplate how abortion has killed one-third of our generation.”

“We hope that they will look forward with us to the time when Roe versus Wade and the death it unleashed is just a dark past in our country,” she said.

“Just as I can’t imagine slavery and separate drinking fountains for ‘coloreds,’ I hope the next generation will not be able to imagine legalized child-killing.”

Arianna Grumbine, spokeswoman for Survivors, believes the demonstration is effective because America is a “visual society.”

“They need to see, at least symbolically, the reality of what abortion has done in the past 33 years,” she said.

“This protest is an effective way to visualize that reality.

“Passersby are challenged with the question, ‘What if the people you see lying on the ground were actually dead? Would you care? Would you do something?'”

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