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Pro-Choicers Yell “Hail Satan” And Obscenities At Peacefully Praying Pro-Lifers

Brenna Lewis - 09 Mar 2020

Fire Department, Police Department Called to Bellingham Planned Parenthood after Mysterious Liquid Thrown at Pro-Lifers defamed by Multiple Obscenities, Threats and Lewdness 

Whatcom Students for Life bravely stood up against the threats of intimidation and the obscenities hurled at them by violent pro-choicers. Such violence is always tragic, but more and more commonplace, especially in a time in which the Senate Minority Leader threatened two Supreme Court Justices for possibly being pro-life. Abortion advocates are becoming more violent against those who advocate for the innocent, but we will not be silenced,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. 

BELLINGHAM, WA and FREDERICKSBURG, VA (3-09-2020) — Reacting to news of a vial of liquid being thrown at Whatcom Students for Life who were praying peacefully outside of an abortion facility as part of a 40 Days for Life campaign on Saturday, March 7th, Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America said that the violence and ugliness on behalf of pro-abortion advocates cannot be tolerated. She observed, “The threats and vitriol must be stopped. Every day it seems like we hear of a new account of vandalism, threat of violence, or acts of intimidation towards peaceful pro-lifers. What happened Saturday shows us the worst of the worst of the pro-choice movement; obscenity, Satan worship, and lewdness towards students. We firmly reject all acts of violence and intimidation towards our students.” 

According to Autumn Lindsey, a student spokesperson for Students for Life and a leader in Whatcom Community College Students for Life, numerous incidents of violence and intimidation occurred on Saturday. These included:  

· People driving by the group, yelling obscenities and displaying crude gestures.  

· A man who masturbated in a car towards the group, many of whom were students, as his friend drove near the peaceful protestors. 

· A woman, caught on video, yelling “Hail, Satan.” 

· A woman flashed the group while yelling, “My body; My choice.” 

· A group of people who yelled threateningly in one young student’s face, calling him a “cocksucker.” 

· A man rode his bike past four students and threw a glass vile at them. It shattered and police were called to make sure it wasn’t dangerous or harmful. The fire department tested and cleaned up the fluid, washing it away. 

Lindsey added, “This kind of intimidation causes some our volunteers to feel uneasy to sign up to pray for mothers and preborn children during a 40 Days for Life event. We are only 11 days in, and we have already been bullied and threatened to the point where our volunteers are nervous to go alone. But we will not back down because this just demonstrates how evil the abortion industry is. We will stand united together and not let the bullies stop us even though the violence of abortion is celebrated by increasingly violent people.”  

You can watch a video of the “Hail Satan” encounter here. 

This is not the first incident of violence at a Students for Life/40 Days for Life event, either. You can read more about a bomb threat in Minnesota this Fall here. 

You can read more about a September death threat against Kristan Hawkins here and how bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in before Hawkins’ speaking event and other threats here. 

You can view a national map of vandalism against pro-life groups that Students for Life of America has been tracking here 

Kristan Hawkins has written about the threats to free-speech pro-life students face for the Wall Street Journal. You can learn more here. 

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Students for Life of America is the nation’s largest, pro-life, youth organization. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA serves more than 1200 groups on college, universities, high school and middle school campuses in all 50 states. 

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