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Pro-life campus display defaced at Northern Kentucky University – again

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NEWPORT, KY, October 14, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Vandals once again defaced a pro-life display at Northern Kentucky University, making at least the third time in seven years that students have seen their handiwork stolen or destroyed.

The university's pro-life group, Northern Right to Life, erected a Cemetery of Innocents last week near the Fine Arts building, with rows of white crosses, each representing 10 unborn babies who are aborted each day in America.

Alongside the crosses, they placed signs bearing pro-life messages. But last Wednesday, someone stole the signs.

“The large white sign (shown in this page's profile picture) from our Cemetery of the Innocents, as well as the accompanying smaller yard signs, were stolen sometime this morning from the Cemetery's current location on campus,” the group wrote on its Facebook page Wednesday. “If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact Campus Police. Thank you.”

Junior Kevin Snyder lamented the lack of critical thinking and informed debate that the theft represented. He told the campus independent newspaper The Notherner, “There are various opinions about abortion but all and all, I really don’t think it’s their [other students’] right to take that down.”

The signs have been replaced -- and doubled in number. But the suppression of pro-life speech is becoming a staple at the small Kentucky university – sometimes supported and led by university faculty.

Last April, the same pro-life group chose to hang a clothesline full of baby clothes on campus, putting an “X” through every fourth piece of clothing to symbolize abortion's toll. It was promptly torn down.

One of the left-wing students who dismantled it, Kyle Pickett, told the Kentucky Post, “Tearing it down was expressing our right to free speech.”

In 2006, literature and women's studies professor Sally Jacobsen led a mob of pro-abortion students into the Cemetery of Innocents, where they uprooted the crosses.

She admitted, “I did…invite students to express their freedom-of-speech rights to destroy the display if they wished to.”

Jacobsen claimed, “Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it. Some of my students felt the same way, just outraged.”

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She was reprimanded and chose to retire, but criminal charges against her were dropped.

The perpetrators of this year's vandalism remain at large. 

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