by Steven Ertelt
October 24, 2006
Pierre, SD (LifeNews.com) — The pro-abortion organization that is opposing the statewide abortion ban in South Dakota is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to televise ads against the ban. Though they have outspent pro-life advocates by a 2-1 margin pro-abortion activists have tried to silence the pro-life campaign for the ban by vandalizing their signs.
The pro-abortion vandalism has included painting coat hangers on the signs, changing the wording to urge people to vote against the abortion ban or advocate violence.
While abortion advocates claim to support women’s rights, a spokeswoman for Vote Yes for Life, the pro-life group whose signs have been trashed, says they don’t speak for her.
"The people who did this do not stand up for women like me," Kayla Brandt told World Net Daily.
"Vandalism like that reminds me that the pro-abortion movement didn’t care about me when I was facing an unplanned pregnancy. And they still don’t care about women like me now," Brandt added.
So far hundreds of signs across the state have been vandalized and another Vote Yes for Life official encourages property owners to file police reports and look out for the culprits.
"We want to keep our eye on the goal," campaign spokeswoman Kimberly Martinez told WND. "When this happens it usually means you’re being effective, and getting the message to the people."
In addition so the vandalism, some campaign signs have been burned or stolen. The actions have also included defacing the cars of pro-life advocates and stealing crosses in pro-life displays at churches.
A Catholic high school and Catholic church have been defaced with spray painted pro-abortion slogans and another incident of vandalism included spray painted messages advocating the eating of unborn babies.