Motorists traveling along Bismarck Expressway at midday Thursday were greeted at one busy intersection by protesters holding graphic abortion photos.

About 50 members of the anti-abortion group Missionaries to the Preborn took to the intersection of 26th Street and Bismarck Expressway from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Group members held five-foot tall signs showing first- through third-trimester abortion photos and handed out literature to stopped vehicles.

Missionaries to the Preborn is based out of Milwaukee. Event organizer Jason Storms said there were about 50 people participating, a mix of out-of-state people and North Dakotans.

“I’m sure there’s going to be people who are a bit turned off,” Jason Storms said. “But don’t blame the mailman for delivering mail you don’t like.”

Storms said the images are indeed graphic. He said those who are pro-choice shouldn’t be offended by seeing the images they were displaying if what is depicted in the images is apparently acceptable to them.

Storms said the goal of Thursday’s event was to educate people about abortion and stir people to action in ending the practice of abortion.

As motorists stopped and moved forward at the intersection, Cal Zastrow of Billings, Mont. used a megaphone to make the group’s case.

“Choice is a violent decision that kills a baby boy or baby girl,” Zastrow said.

Zastrow said North Dakota is one of five states with only one facility that provides abortions. The state’s lone facility is Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo.

“North Dakota might just be the first state to stop the murdering of children,” Zastrow said.

The group also set up between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at another Bismarck intersection.

For more information, visit www.missionariestothepreborn.com.

Reach Nick Smith at 250-8255 or 223-8482 or at nick.smith@bismarcktribune.com.