Pro-life display vandalized twice by abortion advocate on campus of Washington State University

A pro-choice student, Keaton Aspell, at Washington State University (WSU) vandalized a Cemetery of the Innocents display not once, but twice, because he felt like it shamed women who have abortions. He taped himself doing so and shared it on social media.

The Cemetery of the Innocents display is used by many of Students for Life of America’s campus groups because it’s so effective in showing what abortion looks like and causes students to pause for just a moment to realize the great atrocity and lives lost every day to abortion.

The display consists of setting up anywhere from 100 to 3,000 small crosses in the ground of a highly-trafficked area of the college campus. The crosses represent either a certain number of abortions per day or the actual number (close to 3,000). Students for Life groups will often have a member of their group there to answer questions. Most groups set up signs to explain what the display is trying to convey; other groups offer an abortion helpline on the signs around the display.WWU cemetary

What no Students for Life campus group does, though, is shame women who have had an abortion. That’s never the intention and if abortion advocates would actually listen to one of the pro-life students, they’d find that the groups are offering help to women who are facing unplanned pregnancies or have had abortions in the past.

However, abortion advocates have found success in accusing pro-life students of intentionally trying to shame women, even though it’s not even close to the truth. This kind of hurtful rhetoric comes from the top of the abortion lobby and their advocates and students are taking their lead.

In 2015, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, told Katie Couric that with “so much shaming in popular culture,” women “get the message early and often that … there’s still something wrong with that choice.” And on the 1in3 abortion website, which wants women to shout their abortions, desires to “end the stigma and shame women are made to feel about abortion.”

The administration of Washington State University has issued a statement basically saying they agree with free speech. The WSU Students for Life group had to obtain permission from the school to set up their display. The pro-abortion student thought he had the right to vandalize it. It wasn’t his property. It wasn’t his display. And it wasn’t his right to destroy it.

The free speech aspect is summed up nicely in this video:

The student posted a non-apology apology:

“We encourage our pro-life groups to not back down in the face of adversity on campus, but to civilly engage people of opposite views and show them that the pro-life generation is a generation that values life in all stages,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “WSU, by not disciplining Keaton Aspell, is paving the way for greater acts of vandalism, disrespect, and criminal actions against pro-life students and their rightful property. The university is taking a blatantly weak stance in fear of offending someone who clearly took liberty to offend students who did not share his viewpoint.”