It’s springtime, and the pro-abortion vandals are in full bloom. This week alone, Students for Life has encountered THREE major incidents of vandalism of pro-life displays on college campuses. That’s approximately three more than is acceptable on the grounds of institutions that are supposed to be the safest place for the exchange of ideas.
The College of New Jersey
At the College of New Jersey, the Students for Life group put up a display of flags memorializing those lost to abortion, as well as a few informational signs (including one for post-abortive help). All procedures and protocol were followed – yet the group repeatedly found their display vandalized.
TCNJ Students for Life leader Victoria shared:
On Wednesday at 12pm, we set up the display as planned.
Thursday evening, around 7:30pm, one of our group members found the signs were gone. They found them quickly but saw that coffee was spilled all over the signs and the metal stakes were stolen. We were able to get some stakes from student affairs.
On Tuesday morning, a group member found the display with two of the signs stolen, a bunch of the flags stomped on and the wire stakes were torn out of the ground. The stakes were still there, just yanked. And they wrote on the back of the one sign, “Stop making memorials to guilt trip women.”
We went out on Wednesday to take the display down as scheduled, but that morning, we found that all the flags had been stolen.
Campus police has been notified.
Southern Methodist University
Also in the great state of Texas, pro-life students at SMU put up a beautiful display memorializing those lost to abortion. They placed over one thousand crosses with pretty red flowers prominently on campus, with a large sign explaining that each represented a lost child and a hurt mother.
Not long after, pro-choice students at the school posted their own pro-abortion materials near the cross display.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the group’s first encounter with campus harassment. Last year, they had their display more deliberately vandalized.
This is such a sweet student group, and it’s such a shame that their life-affirming efforts are met with such ugliness (not to mention, on a Christian campus). In an effort to build bridges with those who are hostile towards them, the group produced a great PSA video about themselves and they’re even hosting a peaceful pro-life v. pro-choice dialogue event tonight.
Has your group faced discrimination, vandalism, or harassment on campus due to your pro-life viewpoint? Contact Matt Lamb ([email protected]) for help!