Princeton University Pro-Life Display Becomes Subject of Pro-Abortion Vandalism

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 12, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Princeton University Pro-Life Display Becomes Subject of Pro-Abortion Vandalism

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 12
, 2009

Princeton, NJ ( — The pro-life student group at Princeton University is the latest to find itself on the receiving end of vandalism from pro-abortion activists not happy that students are exposed to the pro-life perspective. A lawn display advocating against abortion that Princeton Pro-Life sponsored was vandalized last week.

Campus police were first notified of the vandalism early Thursday morning Princeton University spokeswoman Cass Cliatt told the student newspaper.

The display consisted of large fetal development posters mounted on plywood boards and all six posters on the lawn had been torn off their plywood mounts.

The abortion advocates responsible apparently didn’t like the pictures of unborn children as they person or persons responsible tore the pictures and wrote, “debate with words, not soft-focus photography."

Princeton Pro-Life member Matthew Sanyour told the Daily Princetonian, “The irony of that is that there was text on all the posters, except the one where the vandal had removed the text."

Sanyour said the student pro-life group expected the vandalism and had planned to begin bringing the display inside overnight to prevent vandalism when it occurred.

“We had thought that the likely vandalism would be in the wee hours of the morning,” Sanyour said. “Unfortunately, what we had expected had already occurred.”

Sanyour told the newspaper that the vandalism targeted unborn children and “primarily targeting the faces” of people in the pictures, such as that of a pregnant woman.

“There was an image of a pregnant woman whose face had been removed,” Sanyour explained, saying the heads had been “cut, but possibly torn," from other photos and faces of babies before birth.

"“It was pretty disturbing, because I had thought that the images weren’t offensive prima facie,” Sanyour told the newspaper. “If it had been something like an aborted fetus, I could understand, but there were images of babies and women.”

“My first thought was a bit of deja vu,” Princeton Pro-Life president Lauren Kustnet told the paper, noting the vandalism that occurred in April 2006. “I can’t believe this is still happening."

“I had people come up to me and say, ‘Wow, that’s too bad. Even though I’m not pro-life, that just shouldn’t happen at Princeton,’” Kustner added.

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