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Police seek source of anti-abortion pamphlets in cereal boxes

December 13, 1996

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Pamphlets with graphic depictions of late-term abortions have appeared inside a Cap’n Crunch cereal box and other groceries bought at stores in northern New Jersey.

Ramsey police have received reports of seven anti-abortion pamphlets over the past three months, in cereal, pretzels, cake mix, toilet paper and free newspapers from the town’s ShopRite, Police Director Joseph J. Delaney said Thursday.

``It’s almost like Cracker Jack politics. Putting something in a box and not even knowing who might be looking at it,″ Delaney said.

A 7-year-old child opened a cereal box late last month and found a two-page leaflet that included five illustrations of a late-term abortion, including a depiction of a limp fetus.

``Needless to say, it caused some trauma for the child,″ Delaney said.

The two-page tracts were slipped between the cardboard of the grocery packages and the inner wrappers, which remained sealed, Delaney said.

He said whoever is responsible could be charged with harassment, which carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. If a wrapper was punctured, the crime would be product tampering, which carries the same penalty.

An article Thursday in The Record of Hackensack led to a flood of calls from people who recently found identical pamphlets in products bought at grocery stores in Allendale, Hackensack, Paramus and Hillsdale.

A Ridgewood man found a pamphlet in a box of Cap’n Crunch on Monday.

``It was not a good thing to see before breakfast,″ John Holovach, 45, told The Record.

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