Pro-Life Chalkings Targeted
Recently, the Students for Life group at University of Idaho saw its pro-life chalking vandalized on Friday, August 25.
The group chalked pro-life messages on Thursday, August 24, including “Pro-Woman, Pro-Life”, “Abortion hurts women”, and the names of pro-life feminists, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Mary Wollstonecraft. The chalking was at the Commons Plaza on campus; the following day the school had FEMFest scheduled for the plaza, a ‘feminist fair.’
A post on the Women’s Center Facebook, which organizes the event, states, “Come join us on this commons plaza for Femfest from 11:00-1:00! Learn about 20 awesome organizations that serve women on campus and in our community! We’ve got free popcorn and ice cream sandwiches! You could also enter to win one of the many raffle prizes we’re giving away today!”
While there was not a list of the organizations for this year’s event, a past post from 2012 listed the following organizations: “Women’s Center, LGBTQA Office, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, Moscow Women’s Giving Circle” and a post from 2013 included more groups, such as “Gay Straight Alliance, UI VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, Violence Prevention Programs, Women’s Studies Program.”
The vandalization of pro-life chalkings is not new; this week as well University of New Mexico Students for Life were targeted for writing pro-life messages.”
A chalked heart had water dumped on it on campus this week. According to a Facebook post, “This happens almost every time we chalk on campus, even though UNM has a policy against defacing other’s chalk.”
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America strongly condemned the vandalism; “Students being targeted for their pro-life beliefs is becoming increasingly common. University administrators should condemn the vandalism and ensure the free speech rights of all students are protected.”