“The New York Post story illustrates what the Pro-Life Gen is dealing with on a daily basis…unhinged, unreasonable, and aggressive opposition to pro-life free speech including from those in leadership at schools across the country,” said Hawkins. “Free speech rights students are afraid to use don’t exist, which is why we have to keep fighting for our Constitutional freedoms.”
This year, violation of pro-life student free speech TRIPLED, now including the infamous events at Hunter College in New York.
WASHINGTON D.C. (05-23-2023) – As the New York Post broke the story of Hunter College Professor Shellyne Rodriguez alleged attack with a machete against one of their reporters asking questions about her harassing of pro-life students at a Students for Life educational tabling event, Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins called on Hunter College to dismiss the professor caught on tape harassing students as well as seen going after the reporter.
The now viral video featured rising Junior Patrick Rubi, seen here discussing his experience on FOX’s Ingraham Angle.
During that same visit to Hunter College, a student stole a fetal model, chewed on it, and returned after turning it into a “project” designed to look like an aborted infant.
“Such events are among the epidemic of attacks against pro-life students,” said Hawkins, who noted that this school year has included some shocking opposition with more than 100 discrimination and vandalization attempts against Students for Life leaders, including:
- WATCH: VCU Abortion Supporters Threw Hawkins An ‘Unwelcome Party’ Complete with Antifa, Arrests & The Satanic Temple
- Peaceful Pro-Lifers Assaulted as Screaming Abortion Agitators Turn Violent at KBJ SCOTUS Protest
- Students for Life Team Member PUNCHED at Supreme Court!
- VIDEO: Tennessee Abortion Supporter Throws Glass Bottle at Pro-Life Students, Glass Shards Damage Pro-Lifer’s Eyes
- Weaponized FBI & DOJ Arrest Pro-Lifers, Ignore Pro-Abortion Violence
As Hawkins wrote in an op-ed at Newsweek, the violence of abortion can be seen more and more in the violence of abortion supporters. She observed: “Sadly, the public discourse is changing for the worse, as peaceful protests turn more frequently into confrontations. Threats and acts of violence against pro-life activists are becoming increasingly common. Students for Life students and team members have endured everything from physical attacks and arson to bomb threats and intimidation, making security issues a vital concern and expense for pro-life events. When Justice Brett Kavanaugh—who was seen as a possible pro-life vote—was confirmed to the Supreme Court, protestors stormed the Court, banging on the doors. Outside the U.S., violent protests broke out in Poland and Latin America when those countries contemplated pro-life policies. Antifa has protested my own speaking tours and recently the Chicago March for Life.
“Some abortion supporters are pairing their advocacy for the violence of abortion with violent acts, which have a definite chilling effect on public discourse that must be overcome. When people are afraid to use their free speech rights, those rights don’t truly exist.”
MEDIA NOTE: Hawkins is schedule to speak at Hunter College on October 18.
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Students for Life Action (SFLAction), a 501c4, along with its 501c3 sister organization, Students for Life of America (SFLA), make up the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization and a political and policy operation engaging people of all ages. Together they work to end abortion — the human rights issue of our day — and provide political, legal, and community support for women and their children, born and preborn. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA has more than 1,300 groups on middle, high school, college, university, medical, and law school campuses in all 50 states. SFLA creates strategy, policy, and programming to connect those most targeted for abortion with people ready to help and builds a framework for political engagement on their behalf. SFLA and SFLAction have more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry than any other pro-life outreach in the world, reaching more than 2 million people across social media platforms each week and engaging in approximately 100,000 digital conversations per month. Over more than 16 years, President Kristan Hawkins has grown SFLAction/SFLA into an $18 million organization preparing for a Post-Roe America.
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