Saints for Life, a pro-life student group at Aquinas College in Michigan, says vandals who disagree with their pro-life message have targeted their group. Aquinas College is a liberal arts school that is rooted in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The group’s leader, Emily Hazelbach, said their posters have been torn and ripped in half time and time again.
The posters expose the lucrative abortion business that takes place at Planned Parenthood. One poster said, “The money wasn’t in family planning, the money wasn’t in prevention, the money was in abortion.” Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion business, performing one-third of all U.S. abortions.
Hazelbach said, “We put them up on Tuesday, and not even an hour went by, and they were ripped off. The next day I walked by, posters were shredded on the ground. Then last night, there was writing on a lot of the posters with words reading ‘stop spreading lies.'”
The posters also promoted an event they had on October 3rd called the Planned Parenthood Project, which is an initiative of Students for Life of America (SFLA). According to the SFLA website, the goal of the project is to educate this generation about Planned Parenthood’s real motives and turn them against the abortion Goliath and towards pro-life, pregnancy resource centers where they can go for honest, real help.
At the event, Hazelback said they revealed the facts about Planned Parenthood’s abortion procedures and the number of abortions that are done each year. In 2012, Planned Parenthood performed over 300,000 abortions and ranked in 170 million dollars in abortion income. Additionally, Saints for Life had a visual demonstration in which they put pink crosses on the campus to represent the number of abortions done per year.
Hazelbach says she knows the topic is one that has a lot of tension attached to it, and she’s no stranger to people protesting the group’s beliefs.
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Another student, Anna Turner, said she doesn’t necessarily believe in all the group’s fliers, tactics, or their message, but they still deserve to express their opinions. “If people are tearing (flyers) down, that’s disrespectful,” said Turner.
Hazelbach expects protesters at the event Friday, but she still says she has the right to stand up for her beliefs. “I just feel like we have the first amendment right of the freedom of speech,” Hazelbach said.
Hazelbach has no idea who would vandalize and rip up their signs, but she is concerned that whoever is doing this is destroying college-approved property and trying to intimidate her group. Aquinas College says they expect all individuals on campus to respect the materials of others. We are disappointed that anyone would destroy fliers on campus.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first account of vandalism at a school in Michigan. Just last week, students at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, who were participating in National Pro-Life Chalk Day, reported that vandals covered their drawings with the Nazi swastika symbol and threw water on their chalkings.