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July 23, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life group Created Equal has released a video montage, including previously unreleased footage chronicling numerous abortion supporters physically attacking peaceful pro-lifers, to demonstrate that pro-abortion violence is on the rise.
The roughly eight-minute video is replete with endless incidents of profanity, assault, vandalism, property destruction, attempted theft, and intense vitriol from pro-abortion individuals toward pro-life demonstrators.
(WARNING: Video contains offensive language)
The footage covers incidents spanning several years, but much of it has been captured in the last several months and the rise in violence by abortion supporters calls for a response, Created Equal national director Mark Harrington told LifeSiteNews.
“Our staff members, interns and volunteers are under attack on a regular basis,” Harrington said. “We need to push back against the rhetoric coming from pro-abortion elected officials comparing conservatives, Christians, and pro-life advocates as Nazis and violent.”
“Abortion supporters are the violent ones, not pro-lifers,” he said. “They kill babies and attack the defenders of the babies.”
Created Equal has documented incidents of violence against young members of its team for years.
In a press statement on the release of the video footage, the group shared more comprehensive video of some examples.
They include a pro-abortion feminist assaulting a pro-lifer at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in May, a liberal student activist stealing and vandalizing Created Equal signs at Indiana University in October 2018, a masked thug attacking the group’s equipment at Ohio University in September 2016, and a man assaulting a young pro-life activist at a high school in Columbus, Ohio, in May 2016.
LifeSiteNews reported on the Chapel Hill assault, as well as an abortion supporter there trying to steal Created Equal’s signs, and a pro-abortion woman assaulting a teenage Created Equal team member in Columbus in 2014.
LifeSite’s past coverage included an abortion volunteer’s 2017 attack in Columbus against a Catholic priest demonstrating for life alongside Created Equal team members after her attempted theft of their pro-life signs.
LifeSite also reported in November 2017 on the increase in hostility and vandalism toward pro-life groups on campus.
“For abortion activists to promote dismembering young humans through abortion is to celebrate violence,” Created Equal said in a statement about its latest video release. “Thus, violence is inherent to abortion advocacy. We thus should not be surprised when those who champion killing babies also assault those who stand between them and the victims.”
Harrington told LifeSiteNews the Columbus-based group has more footage to be released once law enforcement brings charges in the relevant cases.
Created Equal is also compiling and combining data with other reports from around the country for comprehensive documentation on the increase in pro-abortion violence.
“Our signs are getting vandalized weekly,” Harrington said. “Our activists are getting threatened almost daily and we are increasingly in harm’s way of attackers.”
Created Equal focuses nationally on training students to defend pre-born life by using a traveling photo exhibit that shows the aftermath of abortion for the unborn child. The group approaches the issue in the broader context of human equality, and attempts to create debate on campus to influence America’s future decision-makers and leaders.
Despite the increase in violence by pro-abortion supporters toward pro-life advocates, Created Equal’s statement on its latest video footage went on to state, “We will not return evil with evil.”
Harrington said Created Equal only permits activists who have a cool head in the face of such attacks to affiliate with the group, and any violation of that protocol is reason for refusal to attend its outreaches and dismissal from the organization.
The group holds mock training sessions where team members role-play how to handle vandals, threats and physical attacks.
“Like former social reformers, Created Equal uses passive resistance in response to violence,” he told LifeSiteNews. “Our team is trained to not protect equipment but to allow law enforcement to bring justice to lawbreakers.”
“Pro-abortion activists are losing the argument,” Harrington stated, “and instead of seeking civil debate they are escalating the violence on peaceful preborn defenders.
“We will never cave to acts of violence or intimidation,” he said. “We will return hate with love for mothers and their babies.”