Vandals Hit Pro-Life Advocates in Iowa, New Mexico With Graffiti, Egg Attacks
by Steven Ertelt
June 29, 2010
Dubuque, IA (LifeNews.com) — Pro-abortion vandals have hit pro-life advocates in two states — Iowa and New Mexico. In the former, a member of Dubuque County Right to Life was victimized by having his property spray-painted with pro-abortion graffiti; in the latter, a pro-life group’s truck and the home of its driver were pelted with eggs.
In Iowa, Allen Troupe reported last week that his home was spray-painted with the phrases support abortion and baby killer" — causing about $100 worth of damages.
He told the local newspaper he believes he was targeted because he has a sign in his window reading: Planned Parenthood: Bad for Dubuque."
I don’t care what side you’re on, there are some things that are just never right, he told the Telegraph Herald.
"This is outrageous and I think there should be a little more attention. I realize some jerk out there will get their 15 minutes of fame, but I believe it speaks again to the disparity of violence against pro-lifers versus the other way around," Steven Brody, the local Right to Life president, said about the incident.
Meanwhile, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a truck belonging to Operation Rescue and its driver’s home were vandalized after an unknown assailant egged them.
Perhaps not coincidentally, on June 11, 2010, a 17-year old pro-abortion blogger named "Clay" complained about the truck, which bears graphic abortion images, and discussed possible responses.
"What should we do? Chain someone to their door? Egg their vehicles?" he wrote.
"What we are seeing is a violent reaction born out of the increasing frustration of a failing abortion movement. Support for the pro-life position is increasing, while support for abortion is on the decline. Abortion clinics are closing and more abortionists are under investigation or facing criminal charges than ever before," said Operation Rescue president Troy Newman.
"For those who commit violence against pro-lifers, we want them to know that our response is to pray for our enemies, but at the same time, we will not be intimidated into silence," he added.
A police report has been filed, Newman informed LifeNews.com.
Regarding the Iowa case, the local Dubuque newspaper has attempted to turn the obvious attack on a pro-life activist’s home into a pro-life conspiracy to insult Planned Parenthood.
At first, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald refused to publish the story about the vandalism. Then, the newspaper’s editor made it appear pro-life advocates made up the incident.
Blogger Jill Stanek reveals that e-mail communications and phone calls to the paper’s editor, Brian Cooper, show that his opinion was that the vandalism was conducted by a covert pro-lifer or someone without a view on abortion who was trying to make Planned Parenthood look bad.
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