Activists at Marquette University in Wisconsin defaced a pro-life protest at the school and then boasted of their deed on Facebook, winning praise from the school’s College Democrats chapter.
On Thursday, the organization Marquette for Life erected a “Memorial for the Unborn,” a display that used 1,200 small blue and pink flags to represent the 1.2 million abortions in the United States each year. Accompanying the flags was a display board that explained the memorial and its purpose.
Within hours, though, the memorial was defaced by opposing activists who covered the display board with their own signs bearing statements like “We want doctors, not missionaries” and “My body, my freedom.” They also scattered a pile of wire coat hangers around the display, representing the use of such coat hangers in illegal home abortions. (RELATED: Marquette Prof Sues After Losing Job For Conservative Blog Posts)
After the display was defaced, Marquette student Clare McCullough went on Facebook and publicly proclaimed the defacement as the response of Marquette’s feminist community, while slamming the Catholic university for allowing the display to be created in the first place.
“This is our response to the unborn memorial,” McCullough wrote. “We want doctors; not missionaries and our bodies are not your moral battleground. We at least have the right to choose what we do with our lives, thanks for your ‘inclusion’ Marquette University.”
Shortly after, Marquette’s College Democrats posted approvingly about the defacement.
“Keep fighting the good fight, marquette feminists. We love & support you,” the group said.
Finally, on Friday, Marquette itself released a response condemning the act.
“Let me be extremely clear: Defacement is not dialogue,” said vice president of student affairs Xavier Cole. “Respectful discussion and even dissent is best done face to face … Inclusivity by its very nature begins with respect.”
Cole noted that the display had been created with prior approval from Marquette’s administration.
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