A pro-life student display that represented the number of babies aborted every day in America was vandalized this week at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CBS News 4 reports.
The Students for Life club on campus set up the display of more than 1,000 white crosses on a lawn on campus this week to raise awareness and start discussions. Each cross represented three babies who were aborted.
On Wednesday, a female student approached the display and quickly began removing the crosses and putting them in her backpack, according to Students for Life. A pro-life student from the club said the female student told them she was going to throw away the crosses. She also said the display “made her feel uncomfortable.”
The pro-life club leaders said they called campus police. When they arrived, the police told the female student that she could express her views but not vandalize other people’s property, according to the club.
“It’s really sad when people vandalize and steal property,” Bethany Janzen, a spokeswoman for Students For Life of America, told CBS. “I think it’s really sad that people are interested in silencing other people’s free speech.”
Here’s more from the pro-life organization:
Before the student who vandalized the display left, she shook hands with the club members and departed on good terms. However, in the heat of the situation, the club forgot to ask for her to return the crosses that she had put in her backpack with the intention of throwing them away. If this student is willing to return the stolen property, the SFL club and local community members would greatly appreciate it.
The student leaders said the crosses are not their property; they borrowed them from a local church.
Campus police continued to monitor the display Thursday after the incident took place, the local news reported.
“We put them up to start a conversation with people. We didn’t put them up to cause anger,” pro-life student Emma Barham told CBS.
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Vandalism and violence against pro-lifers have become a growing problem across the U.S. and Canada.
In October, pro-abortion feminists vandalized a college pro-life display at Marquette University in Wisconsin and then received praise from the university student Democrats club, Hypeline reported.
Then, last April, pro-abortion students vandalized a similar display at Southern Methodist University in Texas. Almost 3,000 crosses memorializing unborn victims of abortion were kicked down.
In another case, a pro-life club at the University of California Davis was targeted when its members set up a poll table asking about late-term abortions. One abortion activist allegedly harassed the pro-life students and threw their materials on the ground.
Last summer, a Canadian group had its pro-life billboards vandalized twice in one month. And in April, LifeNews reported another pro-life billboard with the smiling face of a baby girl was vandalized in San Francisco. Pro-life billboards are vandalized fairly frequently.