A New Jersey college has promised to hold students who vandalized a pro-life display last week accountable for their actions.
Pro-life students at The College of New Jersey said they watched abortion activists try to destroy their pro-life display six times in just one day last week on campus. They later caught the abortion activists on camera vandalizing their display.
According to Students for Life, the student pro-life club received permission to set up a graveyard of the innocents display last week on campus. The display included colored flags and a sign commemorating the lives lost to abortion.
Campus Reform reports two college administrators met with Students for Life chapter leaders to discuss the vandalism Wednesday.
“They are launching a full investigation and involved students will be held accountable by the student conduct board,” Grace Gottschling, president of the pro-life chapter, told Campus Reform. “Further information about the results of the actions taken against the offending students will be given at the conclusion of the investigation.”
She said they are pleased with what the college administrators told them.
“To everyone who disagrees with our message, we understand, but you cannot vandalize our property or suppress our 1st amendment rights,” Students for Life posted on Facebook. “You can’t suppress the voices of the Innocent or their advocates. You will be held accountable.”
After vandalizing the display, the pro-abortion group erected their own pro-abortion flag display and sign, which read: “This is a new flag garden representing the people here who believe you have the right to choose, to love, to protest. Hate has no home at TCNJ,” according to images shared by Students for Life.
Because the pro-life students had the area reserved, the university removed the pro-abortion display, according to Students for Life.
Students for Life reported a second vandalism last week at Fresno State University. The group said the Fresno State Police Department is investigating the incident that occurred Tuesday. Someone tore down fliers that members of Students for Life were setting up to oppose legislation in California that would mandate abortion drugs to be distributed for free through campus health centers.
According to a LifeNews count, there have been at least six acts of vandalism or other violence against pro-lifers in the past month. Others include incidents at Miami University of Ohio, University of Iowa University of Texas-San Antonio and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
Also this spring in Canada, an abortion activist made a false claim to police about a pro-life advocate assaulting her. She now is facing charges.
Irish pro-life advocates also are reporting numerous acts of vandalism there as the country approaches a key vote on abortion.
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Vandalism, violence and other threats against pro-life advocates have been growing, especially on college campuses.
In December, a 15-year-old girl was punched in the face and knocked to the ground by an abortion activist outside a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Roanoke, Virginia. The assault was captured on video.
In two separate incidents last year, men also allegedly threatened to kill pro-life advocates outside abortion facilities in California and Florida. Last February, violent threats against a California pro-life leader prompted him to cancel a pro-life rally, LifeNews reported.
In the fall, vandals also destroyed pro-life student displays at Northern Kentucky University and St. Louis University. Campus Reform reported two other instances of vandalism in one week: one at the University of Florida and another at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.
Students for Life documented dozens of incidents of vandalism in the past five years against its pro-life students groups. An interactive map displays the places where its clubs have been victims of vandalism.
“Other incidences of violence against our group include: Administrators destroying chalkings at Kutztown University, vandals throwing paint on a display at Portland State University, and a display of graduation cords (to highlight ‘missing students’ who were killed by abortion) at University of Miami,” according to Students for Life.