A California professor who assaulted a pro-life student in 2014 will headline a pro-abortion feminist lecture series Friday at the University of Oregon.
The College Fix reports Mireille Miller-Young, a professor at the University of California- Santa Barbara, is being honored as a keynote speaker by the UO Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Miller-Young is the same professor who was caught on camera in 2014 stealing a pro-life student’s sign and then assaulting her. She later pleaded no contest to charges of grand theft person, battery and vandalism, according to the report.
The conservative news outlet speculated about why Miller-Young may have been invited to the Oregon speaking series:
The series will tackle “the radical potential of black feminism in the work that we do on campus and in our everyday lives,” according to one of the UO professors in the department, Shoniqua Roach.
It’s sponsored by not only the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English, but also President Michael Schill’s office. You may remember that Schill was the target of a successful deplatforming attempt by student protesters a year ago, who said they were simply taking a “stand against fascism.”
Miller-Young is likely an inspiration to these students who shut down Schill. After her altercation with pro-life students in 2014, she told police she had set a good moral example for her students by stealing the property of a group that “triggered” her.
The incident between Miller-Young and the pro-life advocates took place on March 4, 2014. Two pro-life students, Thrin and Joan Short, led the peaceful pro-life outreach event with 11 friends, most of whom were students from Thomas Aquinas College. They used signs displaying images of abortion victims to begin conversations with students before a confrontation with Miller-Young, a professor of feminist studies, turned violent.
The professor interrupted the students’ calm interactions by grabbing a pro-life sign out of the hands of one of them, carrying the sign off through the campus flanked by her students, and then assaulting Thrin Short while trying to hide from police, who were on their way, the group said. Police officers said they later found the remains of the sign, which had been destroyed.
As LifeNews.com reported, Miller-Young was sentenced to 108 hours of community service, 10 hours of anger management and three years of probation. She also was ordered to pay a small fine and restitution of almost $500.
Pro-life advocates said the university never apologized voluntarily for Miller-Young’s actions. College Fix reports she still is employed by UC Santa Barbara, and the university did not discipline her.
Increasingly, pro-life advocates have become targets of assault, vandalism and other violence.
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This month, LifeNews reported about two young, female pro-life advocates who were assaulted in separate incidents in Toronto, Canada. In an Oct. 1 incident, which was captured on video, a woman, allegedly Gabby Skwarko, can be seen shoving and throwing a metal cart at a pro-life advocate with Toronto Against Abortion at Ryerson University.
On Sept. 30, a pro-life advocate with Campaign Life Coalition also reported being assaulted, allegedly by abortion activist Jordan Hunt, during a different pro-life rally in Toronto. Police said Hunt turned himself in after a video of the assault went viral.
LifeNews has reported about dozens of threats, vandalism and other violence in the past year. These range from threats against prominent pro-life politicians like U.S. Reps. Chris Smith, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Steve Scalise to a Missouri sidewalk counselor who had a gun pointed at him.
Students for Life of America also reported a spate of vandalism this fall, including posters being torn down at Woodson High School in Virginia, signs and flags being stolen at University of Nebraska-Omaha, and posters being torn down at Robert Morris University and Kutztown University.