Minutes after a pro-life student group set up a memorial to the unborn on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, aggressive pro-abortion activists vandalized and stole parts of the display.
On March 31, Arctic Students for life set up a “Cemetery of the Innocents” memorial, which included 2,800 pink crosses in the snow – one for each baby that is aborted every day in America. Within 30 minutes, however, the crosses were attacked and some were stolen.
“Several protesters assembled and were present throughout the course of the event, and there were many encounters with unhappy pro-choice advocates,” one pro-life student advocate recalled. “Signs such as ‘abortion saves lives,’ ‘abortion is healthcare,’ and ‘shame on you for shaming women’ were hung/set up on or around the display.”
At one point campus police were involved as one protestor knocked down dozens of crosses and others stole some of them.
Pro-lifers did report having a few “respectful discussions,” but most people preferred to “launch insults, kick signs, or joke loudly about abortion as they walked past,” one participant recalled.
The pro-life students also had a table inside the campus center, where one club member endured a screaming fit from a protester.
“However many pro-life students were courageous enough to speak up inside (without the protesters watching), and offered encouragement and positive feedback,” a participant noted.
“We, as the Arctic Students for Life, see it as our duty to advocate for these preborn children who have no voice.”
Despite the aggressive tactics taken by pro-abortion activists, the pro-life memorial remained on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
According to the Arctic Students for Life website, the group exists to “equip students, as well as the community with tools and resources to educate those around them to continue building the pro-life generation and in turn abolish abortion in our community.”
“We, as the Arctic Students for Life, see it as our duty to advocate for these preborn children who have no voice,” the website adds. “It is our mission to protect and preserve these babies who are being barbarically murdered on an everyday basis. One of their basic human rights, the right to live, is being stripped from them before they can take their first breath outside the womb.”
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The March 31 incident is not the first time the Fairbanks pro-life club has endured vandalism and harassment at the hands of pro-abortionists. A few years ago, vandals attacked a pro-life flag, and last October an Arctic Students for Life meeting was interrupted by three pro-abortion students disrupted a meeting to accuse the chapter of “endangering others” by advocating for the life of preborn Alaskans.
Vandalism of pro-life displays is also not uncommon across the nation. Last month, the Bowling Green University police arrested a pro-abortion student who partially destroyed and stole from a Students for Life America display.
Similar crimes have occurred all across the nation at pro-life rallies, churches and clinics.
— Click here to learn more about the Arctic Students for Life campus group at UAF.