Earlier this month, a pro-life student group on a California university campus was harassed by pro-abortion students who destroyed their display. Shockingly, it was the pro-life students who faced disciplinary action following the attack.
According to Students for Life of America, the pro-life group at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo set up a display of pink crosses, symbolizing the preborn lives taken by Planned Parenthood. But the event quickly soured once pro-abortion students came around. Three separate times, these students stole portions of the pro-life display.
In the first incident, some of the pro-life signs were stolen. When the pro-life students asked for them to be returned, those responsible for the theft refused, leading the pro-life students to call the campus police. Later, when a second person stole signs, Students for Life of America (SFLA) North California Regional Coordinator Lea Kalinowski followed the thief into a classroom. The students in the classroom applauded the thief and recorded Kalinowski as she asked for the signs to be returned. One person shouted that she was pro-science, to which Kalinowski replied, “That’s great. I’m pro-science, too. That’s why I’m pro-life; science tells us life begins at conception.”
A third time, a pro-abortion student stole the signs, and though they were temporarily retrieved, not long afterward they were stuffed into a trash can.
In addition to repeatedly stealing the signs, pro-abortion students destroyed the crosses, stomping on them or sliding over them. As the display was destroyed, the pro-life students faced a barrage of harassment as the pro-abortion students yelled at them.
Yet, incredibly, it wasn’t the pro-abortion students who faced discipline. It was the pro-life group.
SFLA reported that their chapter at the California Polytechnic University is currently awaiting approval. Until that happens, they have been hosted as part of the university’s College Republicans group. This partnership allows the pro-life group to still partially exist, with the College Republicans hosting and remaining in charge of events. At every event involving the pro-life group, members of the College Republicans group are present.
Yet the university now claims that the pro-life students violated the school handbook, and says the group’s status will be frozen — meaning they can no longer meet as an official group.
On college campuses across the country, this kind of pro-abortion extremism takes place frequently. At St. Louis University, a Catholic school, a pro-life display was destroyed while pro-life students were harassed, including by one student who swore, “I’ll f***ing keep killing babies.” At the University of Cincinnati, pro-abortion students compared preborn babies to feces. This kind of hostility will likely continue to take place, making it more difficult for pro-life students to stand up for their principles in unfriendly environments.
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