LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Complaints by a physicians' group that an anatomy
course for some of Virginia's top high school students could lead to
"moral indifference" has prompted the program to take down a Web site
featuring students posing with pig intestines and fetuses.
Photos of students pretending to put pig intestines in their mouths
and posing playfully with pig fetuses raised "serious ethical
concerns" about the course called "Blood and Guts," the Physicians
Committee for Responsible Medicine said in a letter.
The Web site featured images of students who were enrolled last year
in the course, one of the most popular offerings at the Summer
Residential Governor's School for Math, Science and Technology at
The Washington, D.C.-based physicians' committee contacted the
Governor's School program Monday, as well as Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, to
complain about the images and use of animal dissections in the course.
The Web site was removed the same day.
However, the images were still on the physicians' group's Web site
Wednesday, along with an appeal to members to write or call state
officials with complaints.