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Steep spike seen in vandalism of pro-life campus displays

Vandalism of pro-life campus displays isn’t just a problem — it’s an epidemic.

In the last month alone, nearly a dozen pro-life displays on campuses across the country have been vandalized, according to Students for Life of America, the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization.

The steep spike underscores another trend — more than three dozen displays have been vandalized in recent years, and most of those incidents occurred during the last year or so, said President of Students for Life of America Kristan Hawkins in an interview with The College Fix.

Crosses representing aborted babies have been ripped up, stomped on, or thrown away. Chalk drawings on sideways with pro-life messages are quickly washed away or scribbled over. Paint thrown on displays. Posters ripped down. Brochures destroyed. The list goes on and on.

It’s gotten so bad that Hawkins and her team recently created an interactive map of America detailing the incidents. Each pinpoint lists the name of the school, the date of the vandalism, and what happened.

For example, according to the map, in April 2012 at Western Kentucky University, condoms were put on crosses at a pro-life display. At Baylor University in February 2015, pro-life signs were removed and pink and blue flags stolen. At Kutztown University in March of this year, the administration destroyed pro-life chalking, the map states.

“We have seen such a huge increase in the last two years, and a majority of these pinpoints are from just this past year,” Hawkins said of the map. “It was a way for us to start tracking them and keeping tabs on what is happening.”

“I was kind of getting sick of sending out a press release every time it happened,” she added, noting there were at least 10 cases of vandalism in October alone.

What’s worse, the map isn’t even a complete picture. Many times students don’t even report the attacks to headquarters, Hawkins said, adding she only learns about the incidents later, when visiting campus.

“They take it in stride, they’ll rewrite the sidewalk chalk or replant the crosses. They don’t think to put out a press release on it,” she said.

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As for the trend, Hawkins said she thinks it might be an after effect of President Donald Trump’s election.

“Since the election we have definitely seen an increase on campuses just with the level of discourse dissolving,” she said. “Those on the left, the students, somehow I think they feel justified in behaving this way. … Sadly they are just unprepared to have those conversations, they can’t deal with this, they can’t handle it.”

“I have told our students, I would expect more attacks like this,” Hawkins said. “The closer we get to achieving our goal, the more emboldened they will become.”

In the coming months, Students for Life of America chapters will help the group take part in a West Coast tour protesting at major Planned Parenthood abortions facilities and key federal lawmakers’ offices.

On the tour, the group travels with a truck filled with 328,348 baby socks, each sock representing a child aborted by Planned Parenthood this year.

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Jennifer Kabbany is editor of The College Fix. She previously worked as a daily newspaper reporter and columnist for a decade in Southern California, and prior to that held editorial positions at The Weekly Standard, Washington Times and FrontPageMagazine. She is also a Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship recipient and has contributed to National Review.

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  • Robert Taylor

    While I do support free speech
    the prolife message is getting over done to the point of being advertising
    and an attempt at brain washing people all in an effort to push a religious opinion.

    • DixieRocker94

      The prolife message is about asking for right of unborn individuals. Nothing religious at all

      • Robert Taylor

        So you do not understand what religion means?

        • DixieRocker94

          Wanting human rights means religion?

    • Shane Smith

      so what is so religious about wanting a baby to live….you pinheads that support this murderous act are just as mentally deranged as the lgbtqrstuvwxyz crowd that haven’t got a clue which bathroom to use.

      • Robert Taylor

        fake name troll 2 comments LOL

  • MONAD

    Protip: You can be pro-life without using religion as a crutch. It all starts with proper education. Condoms are cheaper than “the pill”. You can get condoms easier than you can “the pill”. Stop using Abortion as the be all end all solution when someone makes a mistake. The condom PREVENTS that mistake.

  • TLYG

    Campus leftists never met an unborn child that they didn’t want to kill.