by Steven Ertelt
July 5, 2006
Miami Township, OH (LifeNews.com) — On the heels of a professor at an area college leading pro-abortion students to destroy a campus pro-life group’s pro-life display, a Cincinnati area couple says they have been the victims of repeated acts of vandalism and destruction of property.
Members of the Hoffman family, who live in Miami Township, have placed pro-life signs on their farm at the corner of a main intersection for years. They have also put up 4,200 crosses every so often as a way to show drivers in the year how many people die from abortions each day.
"We’re very, very, very pro-life as a family," family member Jennifer Black told the Community Press newspaper.
But, over the last few years, there have been several occasions when an unknown person or group of people have destroyed the signs or damaged their property — including a recent incident last week.
Black told the newspaper that someone has previously cut down the signs and drove their vehicle over the cross display on their farm. Last week someone spray painted the phrase "pro-choice" over a sign that reads "Abortion stops a beating heart."
Black reported the incident to the Miami Township Police department on June 25.
"The police have promised me they’ll do whatever they can to find the person or persons doing this," she said.
Miami Township Police Chief Steve Bailey told the Community Press newspaper there’s no much his department can do because there is "no evidence, no witnesses, no suspects" from the vandalism.
Black told the newspaper her family is offering a $500 reward for information about who has been vandalizing their pro-life signs.
"Everyone has a right to express their opinion," she said. "No one has a right to destroy someone’s property."
The vandalism follows a nationally-followed incident at Northern Kentucky University, on the south side of Cincinnati, where a professor led a group of students to vandalize a display set up by the pro-life student group.
Sally Jacobsen, a British literature professor at NKU was charged with theft, criminal mischief and criminal solicitation after she led a group of pro-abortion students in destroying 400 crosses the campus pro-life group displayed to mourn the deaths of more than 43 million unborn children from abortion.
She later apologized to the group, and will pay for the costs of the crosses and the sign she destroyed. Jacobsen will also make a donation to a local maternity home that helps pregnant women.