by Steven Ertelt
February 9, 2006
Williamsburg, VA (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life student was punched and knocked down by a pro-abortion woman during a pro-life rally at the College of William and Mary. Authorities are withholding the girl’s name, but she told campus police she was distributing pro-life literature during the event when the woman assaulted her.
William and Mary spokesman Bill Walker told the Associated Press the incident happened Tuesday night and that the student told officials the woman punched her and pushed her to the ground rather than accept the literature.
Walker said the college does not tolerate violence and indicated college officials "will be looking actively" for the culprit.
Police have described the assailant as a white female with wavy brown hair who is about 5 feet 8 inches tall.
"We maintain a campus where we would hope that people could express themselves," Walker said. "Obviously, any kind of physical situation like this we do not approve of."
The victim, a sophomore, was participating in a pro-life event featuring lighted candles in paper bags to symbolize the number of unborn children who have died from abortion since the Roe v. Wade decision legalized it throughout pregnancy for virtually any reason.
Danny Cogut, a spokesman for William and Mary Students for Life, told the Daily Press, "Physically, she’s fine. Emotionally, she’s a little bit shaken."
"I would hope that (this is) a campus that prides itself on a tradition of respect and tolerance of different viewpoints," Cogut said.
Walker said he doesn’t know if the person who assaulted the student attends William and Mary but Cogut believes she does.
Abortion advocates have assaulted pro-life students in other settings as well.
Pro-abortion students at Michigan State University assaulted a male student who was talking with members of Students for Life in October 2004.
The pro-life group had set up a table with materials and information and a male student was then talking with members of Students for Life, and had taken some of the literature and expressed interest from the group.
Two pro-abortion students came up from behind and began harassing the student, telling him he had no right to an opinion on a woman’s issue.
When the male turned around to ask who they were, they snatched the pro-life literature from his hands, and threw it at him. When he bent over to pick them up, they kicked his hands.
Then, one of the pro-abortion students tackled the student, knocking him onto the recruitment table and crushing it.
Pro-life students were also assaulted by NARAL activists during the 2004 elections at a pro-abortion rally to support Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. One of the students was dragged across a gravel area and needed medical attention on the scene for cuts and scrapes on her feet.