Pro-Life Demonstration on College Campus Meets with Severe Backlash

GW YAF's pro-life display (photo credit: Stephen Brown)
GW YAF’s pro-life display (photo credit: Stephen Brown)

The George Washington University chapter of Young America’s Foundation (a conservative student group) hosted a pro-life memorial yesterday, called the Cemetery of the Innocents. According to the student group’s Facebook Page, the event’s “purpose is to raise awareness of abortion and encourage a civil and open dialogue.”

Some on campus didn’t take too kindly to this.

Almost immediately after setting up the display at 7 a.m., protesters of the event began showing up. Then the university police was dispatched.

Officers from the GW University Police Department came and questioned the pro-life students, demanding they show proof that they had permission to set up the display. The entire event had already been pre-approved by the University.

GW YAF President Tory McClintock had this to say:

We wanted to commemorate the lives lost to abortion every year and raise awareness about how harmful abortion is to women and children.

When asked how the event was being received, McClintock said the group faced a lot of backlash.

Protesters had pro-abortion signage and were toting items such as coat hangers around the pro-life display. When asked, every single pro-abortion protester declined to comment.

Stephen Brown works for the American Principles Project.