Last night in Rochester, Minnesota, Noah Maldonado, the Minnesota Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America, was speaking at a kick-off event hosted by Students for Life & 40 Days for Life.
A young adult was suspiciously roaming around the event, at a community college in Rochester, and dropped a package and then left. According to Noah Maldonado, the young man looked tense and was reportedly mixing chemicals in the back of the room during speeches.
A pro-choicer set off a bomb scare at a 40 Days for Life event tonight in Rochester, MN. Everyone is okay.
The intimidation and threats by extremist, pro-abortion ideologues must stop!
— Students for Life (@StudentsforLife) September 19, 2019
Maldonado stated, “It’s disappointing that a pro-choice student finds it appropriate to scare innocent children and families and try to intimidate them from peacefully praying and sidewalk counseling. However, it’s not surprising. We see the climate on high school and college campuses, where speaking tour banners are burned, displays are vandalized, and administrators try to silence students.”
It was around 7:30 PM CST when the man left the package in the middle of the theatre at the Rochester community college and the police arrived and cleared the building at 7:45 PM CST.
On the scene, Noah provided a recap of the night’s events:
Violence and threats against pro-lifers are nothing new.
In a May op-ed, Kristan Hawkins pointed out, “The violence that many people mourn in the womb seems to have permeated the abortion debate, as one dehumanizing act leads to another. Just this week, posters announcing my campus speaking tour were lit on fire at Western Washington University, with no regard to the devastation that could have occurred if the flames were not put out. Meanwhile, a Pennsylvania state legislator, Rep. Brian Sims, who achieved notoriety harassing an elderly woman, filmed himself hassling Students for Life student volunteers praying in front of an abortion facility, before he tried to dox the teenagers, threatening to make their names public to those who do not value pre-born life and who might be willing to harass those who do. It’s not breaking news that America has a “polarization” problem. Much of the animosity lives in the large-scale political arena. Democrats vs. Republicans, liberals vs. conservatives. But one particular issue draws out intense emotions like nothing else can: abortion.”