As a pro-life student activist, I spend every day being glared at on my way to class, going through hate messages on social media, and sometimes even being physically attacked all because I’m against killing babies. Sue me for my humanity, right? Yet, despite all this, I wake up every day with a burning passion to keep fighting against abortion no matter what I face.
It’s no surprise to me that the people who support violence against the preborn also support violence against people like me who defend the preborn, and I knew going into 2023 that this year would bring even more backlash than ever before.
With Roe v. Wade finally reversed, the abortion lobby has thrown everything into destroying our fight for life, but we’re not about to stop anytime soon. As the leader of the North Carolina Pro-life Force and President of the Students for Life of America (SFLA) group at Campbell University, I’ve been leading protests and demonstrations advocating to end abortion across my state for some time now.
(Click HERE to read another SFLA blog written by Lydia Taylor entitled “Pro-Life Student at Christian University Sent Death Threats & Harassing Messages After Standing for Life.”)
I recently led a successful counter protest in Raleigh where we were able to change many pro-abortion minds and show them the extremism of the abortion industry. However, after the protest, I walked into a public bathroom, and, unbeknownst to me, I was followed in by an abortion supporter who assaulted me.
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She violently slammed me against a wall and cursed at me, calling me a “pro-life b*tch.” Before I could come to terms with what happened, she ran out of the restroom, leaving me in shock at what had just unfolded. Due to a lack of security cameras, we were unable to identify who had assaulted me, but it was certainly not the first time I’ve seen the abortion lobby act with physical aggression towards peaceful pro-lifers.
In the weeks that followed, I was shaken up but not deterred. My SFLA group put out a Cemetery of the Innocents display. The last time we had done one, our display had been stolen and vandalized, and we were assured by the Campbell University administration that they would provide security for future displays. We were disappointed by them yet again.
When I went to check on our memorial, I watched as several groups of students stomped on our display, stole our flags, and walked away with campus security watching and doing nothing. I took it upon myself to follow and identify these students who had just committed acts of theft and vandalism, but by the time we took down the display, more than 56 flags had been stolen from our Cemetery of the Innocents, and our campus security had done nothing to prevent it.
I’m sad to say that this recent violence and criminal activity I experienced from the abortion lobby was both disgusting and unsurprising — and I found my university’s lack of action similarly so. I guess free speech doesn’t matter when you’re pro-life?
As we work to fundraise to provide our own cameras for security, my group is fighting for a culture of life where we don’t have to worry about a memorial for preborn babies being vandalized. We are fighting to make our university pro-life so that our administration is quick to provide helpful security and support for our group as we face abortion extremism instead of looking the other way. While the obstacles in our pathway are saddening, the challenge for the sake of the preborn also burns a fire inside me to continue fighting until abortion is both unavailable and unthinkable.
LifeNews Note: Lydia Taylor is a student leader for Students for Life of America.