Pro-Life cross display vandalized at public university

Campus Reform Reporter

Several crosses which were a part of a pro-life display at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania were destroyed last Monday night by an unknown party.

The crosses were erected on-campus to remember the lives lost to abortion in the past year.

Photos of the incident show dozens of crosses flung about the area with a few turned upside down and a pro-choice banner stuck into the ground around the destroyed display.

The event, named the “Cemetery of the Innocents,” was put on by a pro-life student group Pro-Life Slippery Rock. Each cross set up represented a certain number of abortions which occurred in the U.S. during the previous year.

Boyd Jones, a member of the student group, Pro-Life Slippery Rock, said it was clear that the crosses were removed and that they were not just blown away by the wind.

“You could tell that people picked them up and threw them around and a couple crosses were turned upside down and put in the ground… you could tell people had a purpose that they had a purpose when they came to do it,” she told Campus Reform.

A pro-choice poster was also placed near the cross display after the vandalism was discovered last Tuesday.

Kyla Jones, Vice President of Pro-Life Slippery Rock and no relation to Boyd, said that the vandals showed a clear lack of respect for debate and free expression on the Slippery Rock campus.

“A lot of people say that they respect everyone, except the people they disagree with. We’ve been seeing that a lot today when he hand out flyers and people are disrespectful to us, they throw them away, they yell things, and call us names,” he said.

But despite hostility from some, Jones said many students appeared receptive of her group’s message.

“We’ve been receiving a flow of positive feedback and it’s been great,” Jones commented.

The pro-life group is hosting an abortion debate later this week that will feature speakers from both sides of the issues.

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