Students at Pepperdine University, a Christian school in California, laughed recently as they destroyed a pro-life display in remembrance of the 62 million unborn babies who have been killed in abortions.
Campus Reform reports the Pepperdine College Republicans club set up the pro-life display in September with 620 crosses, each representing 100,000 unborn babies who have been aborted since Roe v. Wade in 1973.
However, pro-abortion students quickly destroyed the display, covering over it with slogans like “No uterus, no opinion,” “My body, my choice” and “God does NOT support the legislation of women’s bodies,” according to the report.
They also changed the club’s message “Lives Taken by Abortion since Roe v. Wade = 62 million” to “62 million women saved by abortion since Roe v. Wade.”
Spencer Lindquist, president of the Pepperdine College Republicans, told Campus Reform last fall that the response to their display was “vitriolic,” noting how students laughed and smiled for photos as they destroyed it.
“After we used crosses on our Christian campus to memorialize the loss of 62 million lives, we were met with a vitriolic response,” Lindquist said. “People tore down crosses, turned them upside down, covered our memorial, and posed for pictures smiling in front of the representation of 62 million aborted babies.”
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In a statement to Fox News, the university emphasized its commitment to protecting students’ free speech on campus. However, it did not mention what, if any, action the university took against the students.
“Pepperdine University is committed to free, open, and respectful speech on our campus, a commitment that is rooted in our Christian mission and ethos,” the statement read. “We affirm that truth has nothing to fear from investigation. Thus, we believe that public debate on topics important to a free society is enhanced when members of our community freely and respectfully express their viewpoints.”
Hostility toward pro-life students is common on college campuses. Pro-life student clubs frequently report acts of vandalism and threats, difficulty receiving official club status approval and struggles with administrators to receive the same resources as other campus clubs.
Within the past month, LifeNews reported about abortion activists throwing smoke bombs at pro-life students in Texas and a man allegedly threatening pro-life advocates with a metal bar outside an abortion facility in Nebraska. In New York City, abortion activists screamed profanities at young children and families leaving a pro-life Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and projected disgusting pro-abortion messages onto a prominent Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. In Mississippi, they vandalized a pro-life billboard.
Reports from the past 12 months include:
California – Pro-Abortion Students Vandalize Pro-Life Flag Display at Cal Poly (Mustang News)
Ohio — Video: Abortion Facility Worker Shoves Pro-Lifer, Says ‘Kill Yourself’ (PAAU on Twitter)
New York – NYC pro-abortion activists curse at churchgoers, beam ‘God loves abortion’ onto St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Catholic News Agency)
Nebraska – Police: Man Charged with Threatening Pro-Life Woman Outside Planned Parenthood Abortion Facility (Lincoln Journal-Star)
Saskatchewan – Estevan RCMP investigating vandalism of pro-life display (SaskToday)
Washington state – Abortion Activist Nearly Slashes Pro-Lifer with Knife, Destroys Sign
California – Abortion Activists Disrupt Pro-Life Speaker Kristen Hawkins at University of San Diego (National Catholic Register)
California – Pro-Abortion Student Caught Destroying Pro-Life Event Posters at University of San Diego (Students for Life)
Ohio – Pro-Life Student Display Vandalized Again at Xavier College (Xavier Newswire)
Bolivia – Church Vandalized after Being Falsely Accused of Intervening to Prevent Pregnant 11-Year-Old from Getting an Abortion (National Catholic Register)
Ohio – Pro-Life Display Defaced on Xavier College Campus (Xavier Newswire)
Austria – Police Block Aggressive Pro-Abortion Protesters, Protect Pro-Lifers at Vienna March for Life (Live Action News)
Maryland – Police Intervene after University of Maryland Student Knocks Down Pro-Life Group’s Signs (The Diamondback)
Florida – Man Arrested for Allegedly Threatening to Shoot Pro-Life Congressman, His Children (Politico)
New Hampshire – Pro-Abortion Students Vandalize, Destroy College Republicans’ Pro-Life Signs (Campus Reform)
Massachusetts – Abortion Activists Vandalize Pro-Life Signs, Threaten Violence, Call Pro-Life Leader “Anti-Woman Pig” (Townhall)
England – Exeter University Pro-Life Student Society Receives Death Threats (Devon Live)
Pennsylvania – Pro-Abortion Protesters Bang on Pregnancy Center Windows, Vandalize Sign, Block Door (Pregnancy Help News, More:Choose Life Marketing)
England – Abortion Activists Destroy Student Pro-Life Display at Oxford University Fair (Cherwell) (The Telegraph)
USA – Pro-Lifers Assaulted, Pregnant Woman Shoved to the Ground at Women’s Marches (Students for Life)
Iowa – Abortion Activist Vandalizes Pro-Life Sign, Accosts Pro-Life Student (Campus Reform)
Texas – Abortion Activists Assaults, Throws Cup Full of Liquid at Pro-Life Advocate at Houston Pro-Life Rally (TFP Student Action)
Ohio – Police Remove Screaming Pro-Abortion Protesters from State Senate Chamber (FOX 55/AP)
Switzerland – Three Pro-Life Organizations Vandalized with Pro-Abortion Graffiti ahead of National Pro-Life March (Evangelical Focus Europe)
California – Eggs Thrown at Pro-Life Candidate Larry Elder, Staffer Hit in Face (Fox News)
Colorado – Vandals Deface Boulder County Catholic Church with Pro-Abortion Graffiti (Washington Times)
New York – Police Arrest Two Abortion Activists for Allegedly Blocking Pro-Life Prayer Rally (National Review)
Connecticut – Pro-Life Billboard in Barkhamsted Vandalized with “Get an Abortion” and Coat Hangers (ProLife Across America)
Poland – Pro-Life Billboard Showing Abortion Victims Gets Vandalized about Once a Week (The Calvert Journal)
Arizona – Students for Life: Planned Parenthood Volunteers Steal Pro-Life Students’ Bags (Students for Life blog)
Oregon – Antifa Tries to Disrupt Pro-Life Prayer Group with Violence outside Planned Parenthood (Citizen Stringer), Andy Ngo (video, video, video)
Canada – Pro-Life Memorial Broken in Spate of Vandalism Targeting Catholic Churches (Catholic News Agency)
South Carolina – Antifa Radicals Vandalize Pro-Life Congresswoman Nancy Mace’s Home
Illinois – Authorities: Fire at Peoria Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Was Intentionally Set (NPR Illinois State University)
Texas – Pro-Life Aggies’ Sign Ripped Down, Replaced with Signs Advertising Planned Parenthood (National Right to Life News)
Canada – Church Pro-Life Billboard Vandalized Twice near Vancouver (The B.C. Catholic)
Germany – Repeated Paint Attacks by Pro-Choice Group on Church in Berlin (Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)
Austria – Radical Feminists Vandalize Polish Embassy with Pro-Abortion Slogans (Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe)
Washington, D.C. – Man Threatens to Shoot Pro-Life Sidewalk Counselors (Students for Life)
Argentina – Female Judge Receives Multiple Death Threats after Blocking Pro-Abortion Law (Crux)