College inhibits pro-life freedom of speech and assembly

College inhibits pro-life freedom of speech and assembly

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Survivors, Student for Life - with permission
Survivors, Student for Life - with permission

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2014 – Members of Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust returned to the University of California Santa Barbara this week, despite being harassed and attacked by a professor at the university on a previous visit.

A recent CDN article outlined the incident that took place March 4th at UCSB, in which a group of young pro-life activists were reportedly accosted by a professor of sexuality and gender studies and their property taken and destroyed.

The details of the event are not in question. The professor herself admitted to each allegation in the interview with campus police that was recounted in the report that was filed with the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office.

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The report is an interesting, albeit somewhat disturbing, look into the mindset of this individual and her concept of civil rights and free speech. Among the remarkable quotes gathered by the officer investigating was the statement, “I’m stronger, so I was able to take the poster.”

Regardless of the hostile reception from a vocal minority at the campus, the group from Survivors remained undaunted. On Monday, March 10, the group representing Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust  returned to the campus of UCSB to resume a peaceful and orderly presentation of the other side of the abortion debate that is generally censored in most college sociology programs.

Among the contingent were sisters Thrin and Joan Short, who experienced most directly the hysterical, abusive and unhinged behavior of the professor, Mireille Miller-Young. Miller-Young’s actions, which were captured on a video recording, are under review by local law enforcement authorities.

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On the second visit by Survivors, there were no Miller-Young sightings, but her small band of sycophants did appear and mimic her antics, although somewhat less authoritatively. Ms. Kristina Garza, Director of Campus Outreach, noted of Monday’s return visit:

“Students of Miller-Young came to angrily challenge the veracity of our information.  They resorted to telling other students not to take our information, or to throw it away in a recycle bin labeled, “recycle lies here.” Twice on Monday, students even tried to steal our literature, angry that it pointed out the lies they believed about abortion.”

It seems that both the faculty and the administration at UCSB are operating under a fundamental misconception, a prejudice, if you will, that most students reject the pro-life argument or that they are unwilling to consider new facts they have not encountered on the subject. Ms. Garza observes:

“One student exclaimed, ‘I’m really glad you guys are here! This is awesome!’ Some told us that they were not surprised by what Miller-Young did to Thrin (one went so far as to say that the professor is ‘notorious’), and were glad that her folly has finally come to light. Even students who did not share our position on abortion told us that they did not approve of Miller-Young’s actions last week. We’ve heard from UCSB alumni, UCSB students, and the general public. We’ve heard from professionals, activists, and parents. We’ve even been encouraged by messages from people who claim to be pro-choice, but value freedom of speech, and stand with us against last week’s injustice.”

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And this is the point entirely. The censors of what they believe to be politically incorrect speech need an education — an “awareness campaign” to bring them up to speed on the fact that the law of the land doesn’t protect anyone from being offended. Joan and Thrin and all of the courageous young people of Survivors, Students for Life and others on the front lines exercising their constitutionally guaranteed rights are, in the process, defending ours. They ought to be saluted for that.

Imagine a country that prohibits speech. You just imagined Iran, China, North Korea, Cuba, Burma, Turkmenistan, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan. Let’s not let that list expand to include America’s universities.

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