Yesterday, pro-life students at Michigan State University put up a Cemetery of the Innocents display on campus to memorialize those lost to abortion. The event was sponsored by Protect Life Michigan, a pro-life youth organization exclusive to Michigan.
Protect Life Michigan shared a video of the encounter and noted the following:
VANDALISM & THEFT AT MSU! On Wednesday, October 9th, Protect Life at Michigan State University hosted a Cemetery of the Innocents display to showcase the reality of abortion. The group put up 927 flags, representing the 927,000 abortions done each year in America. Throughout the day on Wednesday, three separate individuals vandalized and stole the group’s display. In this video, you can see the group’s sign destroyed while the student steals flags from the display. Grant, a member of the group, made it clear that the property was not hers to take, but the student destroyed and stole the sign and flags, later throwing them in the garbage. A police report has been filed.
We’re saddened every time we see this sort of response on college campuses, which should be the safest places for free speech. Students for Life’s vandalism map is full of pinpoints noting where we’ve run into this sort of hostility. Pro-abortion students keep choosing aggression over dialogue, but the Pro-Life Generation at Michigan State really tried to extend the olive branch and have a conversation.
We always show compassion to people. None of our students said anything hurtful to her, but we were firm that our property is not hers to take. And it is important to always report vandalism and theft for the safety of our volunteers.
Bold yet kind is exactly the right thing to do when confronted with this crude aggression. Kudos to Protect Life MI for their dignified response to this unfortunate encounter.
But Wait… There’s More!
OH, but that wasn’t enough for this week. Just across the lake, Students for Life at the Milwaukee School of Engineering set up their own Cemetery of the Innocents display. And their vandal was just as crude, bragging on social media about her misdeeds.
We definitely echo Wisconsin Right to Life’s sentiments on that one; saddened to see someone so angry and hurting that they thought this was acceptable behavior. Her phrasing is interesting, calling the Cemetery a “public display to shame women who have had abortions.” If she’d taken even 30 seconds to talk to anyone who put up the display, she would’ve been told that’s not the point of it at all.
“Shame” is not in the Pro-Life Generation’s vocabulary. Post-abortive women are victims of the abortion industry. Every Students for Life leader knows the local resources available to help these women if they want to seek healing. Memorializing the preborn victims of abortion is just as it claims; a memorial. We seek to empower mothers so abortion, which 74% of women are coerced into, doesn’t feel like their only option.
Cheers to another year of discrimination and violence at the hands of pro-abortion students who refuse to have a conversation with us.