by Steven Ertelt
September 6, 2006
Brookings, SD (LifeNews.com) — In yet another incident involving abortion advocates vandalizing a pro-life display at a college or university, vandals spray-painted the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Newman Center building along with a pro-life sign out front. The act is the latest in a long line of vandalism on America’s college campuses targeting pro-life expressions.
Early Tuesday morning, vandals sprayed a "female symbol" on the traveling pro-life sign and painted “No Iraq War” on the church exterior.
Father Rutten, director of the SDSU Newman Center, said crosses set up to memorialize the deaths of babies who had died from abortions, were vandalized earlier.
The vandalism may also be tied into the fact that the state of South Dakota will vote on an abortion ban on the November ballot and tensions are at a high point on the issue of abortion.
A spokesman for the VoteYesForLife campaign, which is spearheading the drive to back the abortion ban, said pro-life advocates have been targeted with harassment during the campaign.
Leslee Unruh, Vote Yes for Life.com campaign manager said she thinks the vandalism and harassment is an act of fear and a response to polls showing a close vote.
“Those who vandalized that pro-life sign weren’t defending women,” Unruh, who has had an abortion, said of the incident in comments provided to LifeNews.com. “Their actions demoralized the women who have been traumatized by abortion.”
The Brookings Police Department has no suspects in the case.
Pro-abortion vandalism has become a problems on college campuses this year.
Students at Harvard University and Baylor University saw their pro-life displays vandalized and a professor at Northern Kentucky University resigned after she led pro-abortion students in trashing a pro-life display the student group there set up.
Related web sites:
Vote Yes for Life Campaign – https://www.VoteYesForLife.com