CHICAGO, November 8, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – If you’re a pro-life activist at the University of Chicago, be prepared for a tough fight.
That’s the lesson the University of Chicago Students for Life chapter learned on Monday, after numerous flyers around campus were torn down or vandalized. The flyers advertised their Thursday night meeting.
One of the posters read, “What’s the difference between a baby and a fetus? Let’s talk about it.” According to the University of Chicago student newspaper, The Chicago Maroon, another said the pro-life does not mean anti-woman.
“Pro-life students get their displays and flyers vandalized on an almost daily basis,” according to Students for Life National Director of Field Operations Brendan O'Morchoe. “We expect flyers to be torn down or defaced so we train students to print two or three times as many flyers and posters as they plan to hang.”
O’Morchoe emphasized that having posters or announcements torn down is mild compared to other forms of harassment pro-life students around the country face. “We get stories about every week of displays being destroyed by abortion-supporting students. This ranges from crosses in a cemetery of the innocents being stolen or broken to a car being driven through a cemetery of the innocents at an Ivy League school last year.”
In 2012, students at Western Kentucky University were forced to watch as a student placed “a few hundred” condoms over a pro-life display. Northern Kentucky University Students for Life found seven signs stolen last month, and Johns Hopkins’ new student group Voice for Life was originally denied recognition because of accusations that sidewalk counseling was harassment. Voice for Life was compared to a white student group by a member of the university's Student Government Association.
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The Maroon reports that the Chicago group was granted official status in 2012, and is gearing itself up for activism in the 2013-2014 school year. That activism includes fighting against “the perceived taboo against speaking openly about the controversial topic,” according to junior Lucia Bower. The group is also discussing plans to help young mothers stay in school and volunteering at a nearby pregnancy center.