Pro-lifers were victims of vandalism, assault, harassment and threats in alarming numbers again in 2020.
LifeNews.com recorded more than 60 reports of such incidents, including pro-life signs being stolen, sidewalk counselors being threatened and billboards vandalized. While the report total did decrease from 2019, many pro-life events and outreach efforts were either canceled, dramatically reduced or held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our news outlet began tracking these reports after pro-life organizations expressed alarm about an uptick in violence in recent years as they work to protect the rights of unborn babies. LifeNews documented more than 100 reports in 2019.
The list identifies 60 reports, though several include multiple incidents. For example, multiple Catholic Churches in North Carolina reported pro-life signs being stolen in October, and, in Poland, abortion activists across the country vandalized buildings and interrupted church services during mass pro-abortion protests.
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The reports come from local, national and international news outlets, as well as evidence documented through videos, photos, police reports and other records. LifeNews received information about additional alleged incidents that it could not confirm and did not include on the list.
These reports suggest that the violence of abortion is not just limited to unborn babies. Those who advocate for their lives and rights also are being targeted.
Here is the list:
1. Ohio – Pro-Choice Vandals Tear Up Pro-Life Display, Throw in Trash Can (Students for Life)
2. Poland – TFP Student Action: Pro-Abortion Mob Attacks Pro-Life Catholics in Poland (TFP Student Action)
3. Poland – Police Arrest More Pro-Abortion Protesters (AP)
4. Michigan – Democrat Lawmaker Endorsed by Planned Parenthood Doxxes Children Of Wayne County Election Official (The Federalist)
5. South Dakota – University of South Dakota Pro-Life Display Vandalized (The Volante)
6. Virginia – College of William & Mary Pro-Life Message Vandalized, Members Harassed (The College Fix)
7. North Carolina – Pro-Life Signs Stolen from 4 Catholic Churches, 2 Schools in Diocese of Charlotte (Catholic News Agency)
8. New Mexico — Abortion Facility Security Guard Loses Job after Harassing Pro-Life Women (Live Action News)
9. Poland – Police Arrest More Pro-Abortion Rioters for Blocking Street (ABC News)
10. Switzerland – March for Life Canceled After Police Warn of Threat of Violence; Pro-life Group Found Animal Carcass in Mailbox (LifeSite News)
13. Austria – Young Female Pro-Life Singer Assaulted after Vienna March for Life (LifeSite News)
15. Washington, D.C. – Video: Pro-Life Student Group Reports Multiple Assaults by Abortion Activists at Women’s March Protest (Students for Life)
16. Kansas – Pro-Life Chalk Display Vandalized at University of Kansas (Students for Life)
17. New Mexico – Video: University of New Mexico Staff Erase Pro-Life Student Chalk Display (Students for Life)
18. Minnesota – Pro-life Students and Teachers Harassed in Three Separate Events in October (Students for Life)
20. Louisiana – Vandals Steal Pro-Life Signs in Five Louisiana Cities (Louisiana Right to Life)
21. Washington, D.C. – Abortion Activist Punches Pro-Life Woman Holding Sign Supporting Amy Coney Barrett
22. Kentucky – Another Day, Another… TWO Pro-Life Chalk Vandalisms (Students for Life)
23. Mexico – Abortion Activists Throw Molotov Cocktails at Police, Smashed Windows During Mexico City Protest (Reuters/AFP)
24. Canada – Pro-Life Sign Splattered with Paint, Vandalized Twice in British Columbia (Vernon Morning Star)
25. New York – Church Memorial for Aborted Babies Knocked Over (Catholic News Agency)
26. Colorado – Pro-Life Billboard Vandalized Twice in One Week (Golden Transcript/Colorado Community Media)
29. California – Another Pro-Life Billboard Vandalized in San Francisco (Pro Life Across America)
30. Tennessee – BLM Activists Vandalize Church Sign Saying “Unborn Lives Matter”
32. Washington, D.C. – Pro-life Leader, Senator Harassed by Mob after Leaving White House (videos by Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul)
22. Delaware – Man Charged with Pulling Gun on Pro-Lifers Outside Planned Parenthood (Associated Press)
23. England – Pro-life MP Receives Death Threat after Voting against Pro-Abortion Bill (The Christian Institute)
24. Florida – Man Sentenced for Death Threats against Pro-Life Christian Organization (Fox News)
27. Indiana – Abortion Activist Charged with Rioting, Disorderly Conduct (WPTA 21/Created Equal)
28. Ohio – Pro-Life Billboard Vandalized in Middletown (Journal-News)
32. Multiple locations – Abortion Activists Hack Pro-Life Student Event, ‘Bomb’ It With Gay Porn and Nazi Imagery
33. Austria – Catholic Mission Vandalized with Pro-Abortion Graffiti, Windows Smashed in Salzburg (Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe, Kathnet)
34. Illinois – Video: Abortion Activist Vandalizes Pro-Life Sign near Chicago (Students for Life)
35. Canada – Pro-Life Billboard Smeared with Paint by Vandals near Kelowna (CastaNet)
36. Germany – Pregnancy Center Vandalized, Windows Smashed (Pregnancy Help News)
37. Oregon – Vandals Destroy “Pro-Trump. Pro-Life” Campaign Sign in Man’s Yard (Washington Times)
38. Texas – Pro-life Christian Threatened with Gun outside Fort Worth Abortion Facility (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
39. Texas – Abortion Worker Gives Pro-Lifer Bag of Vomit from Sick Woman During Coronavirus Outbreak (Operation Rescue)
40. California – Pro-Life Billboard Vandalized in San Francisco (Prolife Across America)
44. Washington, D.C. – Video: Abortion Activist Threatens to Pepperspray Pro-Life Advocates at Georgetown (TFP Student Action)
47. Washington state – Video: Students Vandalize Pro-Life Chalk Display at Western Washington University (Students for Life)
48. California – Hundreds of Pro-Life Fliers Stolen at Cal-Poly ahead of Pro-Life Speaker’s Talk (Students for Life)
49. Ohio – Video: Mom Threatens to Shoot Pro-Life Advocate on Sidewalk (Created Equal)
50. New Hampshire – Man Arrested after Allegedly Assaulting 15-Year-Old Trump Supporter (Townhall)
51. Switzerland – Pro-Life Chocolate-Maker Reports 7 Vandalism Incidents at Shops (CBN News)
55. Indiana – Pro-Life Ads Vandalized in South Bend, Second Time in 3 Months (Pregnancy Help News)
56. Washington, D.C. – Video: Student Swipes Pro-Life Sign from Daily Caller Reporter’s Hands
57. Washington, D.C. – Abortion Activist Threatens to Slit Pro-Life Student’s Throat at March for Life (Students for Life)
58. Guam – ‘Protect Unborn Babies’ Display Vandalized at Catholic Church (KUAM News)
59. Mississippi – Cross Display Vandalized, Crosses for Unborn Smashed into Pieces