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Catholic young men face insult, spitting, and violence for pro-life witness at U.S. college

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October 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – As Catholic young men held a pro-life demonstration in George Washington University’s Kogan Plaza on September 30, 2019, they were confronted by an angry violent mob of students necessitating police to be called by campus security.

The young men, part of a group called TFP Student Action (a branch of Tradition, Family and Property), faced insults, spittle and even a few blows, but were undaunted in their witness for life and faith.

“I’m in favor of slaughtering 1,000 babies if that helps already born babies have a better life,” one female student can be seen saying in the video of the confrontation.

“How can you declare the pope to be the legitimate leader of the Catholic Church yet so strongly contradict the views he’s expressed about abortion, gay rights,” said another. Other vile slogans chanted included: “My body, my choice!”; “It’s a sin to tell a woman what to do with her body”; “I eat baby lungs for breakfast”; and “Hail Satan!”

TFP Student Action leader John Ritchie relates: “On several occasions, pro-abortion students waved contraceptives in front of TFP member’s faces. One aggressive student tried to stuff a contraceptive inside the lens of the TFP camera.  Another attempted to push a contraceptive inside my pocket.”

Ritchie concludes his account of the traumatic pro-life witness saying, “After cleaning the spittle off the van windows, TFP volunteers are ready to visit the next campus. May God inspire more young Americans to stand up and fight the good fight.”

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John-Henry Westen

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John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews.com. He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.  

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.  

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.