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Vandals Deface Brookings Pro-Life Display

Contact: Kimberly Martinez, VoteYesForLife.com, 605-271-3975

BROOKINGS, South Dakota, Sept. 5 /Christian Newswire/ -- Last Thursday, vandals spray-painted the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Newman Center building along with a pro-life sign out front.

Between 1 and 7 a.m. vandals sprayed a female symbol on the traveling pro-life sign. They also painted “No Iraq War” on the church exterior. The incident is another example of the hate that pro-life groups, including individual VoteYesForLife.com campaign staffers, have experienced.

The VoteYesForLife.com campaign sees the vandalism as an act of fear. Opponents of the bill know that the pro-life movement is gaining ground. According to a July poll, 75 percent of South Dakotans would vote yes on Referred Law 6 if they knew it contained a rape/incest exception.

“Those who vandalized that pro-life sign weren’t defending women,” Leslee Unruh, Vote Yes for Life.com campaign manager stated. “Their actions demoralized the women who have been traumatized by abortion.”

Father Rutten, director of the SDSU Newman Center, said that some crosses included in the pro-life display were vandalized earlier in the week.

The Brookings Police Department has no suspects.

The VoteYesForLife.com campaign was organized in 2006 to support a yes vote on Referred Law 6, formerly called HB 1215, the Women’s Life and Human Health Protection Act.

Pictures of the vandalism are available.  Contact Kimberly Martinez at 605-271-3975.