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On-campus anti-abortion flag display torn down by counter-protestors

Although campus security was present when the protestors ruined the display, Rachel Harlaar, former President of Laurier Lifelink, stated that the university did very little to stop it.
Fri Oct 21, 2016 - 12:41 pm EST

WATERLOO, Ontario, October 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Laurier LifeLink, the pro-life club at Wilfrid Laurier University, had their flag display torn down by pro-abortion protestors. The visually stunning project from WeNeedaLaw.ca consists of 10,000 pink and blue flags, each representing 10 abortions that happen every year in Canada.

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10,000 pink and blue flags were set up on the Laurier campus, representing the 100,000 abortions that happen every year in Canada. SOURCE: J. MacMillan

As the club was peacefully passing out literature and engaging their peers in conversation about the issue of abortion, about fifteen protestors went into the display and started to remove the flags out of the ground before the event was scheduled to finish.

Although campus security was present, Rachel Harlaar, former President of Laurier Lifelink, stated that the university did very little to stop it. “In some people’s minds, freedom of speech only exists for the opinions they like to hear,” she said.

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Protestors tearing down the display. SOURCE: R. Harlaar

The club had approval for the event. Members of the university’s Students’ Union came out to the display, expressing their support for the club’s freedom of expression on campus.

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NCLN Campus Coordinator Josh MacMillan was present the event and expressed dismay at the actions of the counter-protestors. “The display represents the sobering reality that children are being killed in our country. We recognize this makes people uncomfortable, but the truth should not be silenced.”

Laurier LifeLink will continue to do outreach on campus in the coming weeks.


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