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College pro-life group threatens legal action for desecration of cross display

During the predawn hours of April 20, Western Kentucky University student Elaina Smith desecrated a  display that had been erected by pro-life group Hilltoppers for Life by draping condoms over each of the 3,700 crosses that had been constructed to memorialize the number of children killed each day by abortion in the U.S.

Hilltoppers had received permission from the university for their display.

But when members of the group called campus police to stop Smith, they came but stood by, claiming they “couldn’t do anything because the condoms aren’t actually vandalization.”

Smith said the condoms were part of an art project. WBKO reported “[h]er Art Professor, Kristina Arnold, says she did not disprove of the idea and that she encourages learning.”

The WBKO story (which includes video of Smith desecrating the display) added Smith had apologized for her actions, but she has not. Last night Students for Life of America was forwarded this email from Smith:

From: “Smith, Elaina, C”
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 3:11 PM
Subject: Elaina Smith

During the week of April 16th, the Hilltoppers for Life’s pro-life display remained un-interrupted. The student body tolerated this intrusion without major incident. The voice of the pro-life community was heard. On the last day of this event, I attempted to add to the visual dialogue with my own voice and was met with strong resistance. I take this subject very seriously, and had hoped to remind people of the effectiveness of condoms and other forms of contraception in preventing unwanted pregnancies. I do not ask that everyone agree with my point of view or the way in which I tried to express it. However, I stand by my actions. I do not believe that I impeded anyone else’s freedom of expression. I did not break any laws. I did not damage any property. I voluntarily removed the condoms even though I was not required to do so. At the time, I thought that the matter had ended there. I do not feel that I should apologize for attempting to exercise the freedoms that we all are entitled to.

Elaina Smith

This morning Alliance Defense Fund sent a letter to WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell on behalf of Hilltoppers, expressing hope to “resolve this matter amicably” but listing stipulations for that to happen, including public apologies from Smith and the head of campus security, assurances that Smith would not get credit for her “visual dialogue,” and disclosure of who purchased and supplied Smith with the condoms.

ADF also requested all university documents that discussed Hilltoppers and Elaina Smith’s involvement in Kristina Arnold’s art class from January 1, 2012 to present.

(Prolifer)ations 2-21-12

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  • Americans United for Life explains the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision to uphold an extension of AL’s wrongful death statute which includes preborn humans from the moment of conception.

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Report to Congressional committee details Planned Parenthood’s fraud, waste, and abuse

One in five Planned Parenthood affiliates has been identified in state and federal audits as perpetrating waste, abuse, and potential fraud.

Those details and more emerged today in a press conference held by the Susan B. Anthony List and Alliance Defense Fund as they announced the contents of a report they were submitting to Congressman Cliff Stearns, Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which is currently conducting an investigation of Planned Parenthood.

The report lists what is publicly known about overbilling and potential fraud on the part of Planned Parenthood affiliates, under the oversight of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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Life Links 11-4-11

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  • A New York City man was convicted yesterday of killing his pregnant girlfriend:

    Cops previously said Derrick Redd, 38, of Jamaica admitted that he ‘hadn’t believed the child was his and urged Niasha Delain, 25, to have an abortion.

    Delain, a bank teller, was stabbed 20 to 30 times in her stomach and torso on Oct. 25, 2008, in her South Ozone Park apartment, according to the Queens district attorney’s office.

    The fetus was stabbed five times.

    New York doesn’t recognize the unborn child as a victim but according to the NY Daily News, Delain’s mother has started a campaign to change the law.

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(Prolifer)ations 9-20-11

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  • Catholic Vote analyzes the HPV controversy which continues to dog Gov. Rick Perry in his presidential race. Dr. Diane Harper, a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (and former researcher on the Gardasil vaccine) is against the vaccine for school children and for that reason, has pulled her support. She states, “Ninety-five percent of women who are infected with HPV never, ever get cervical cancer…. It seemed very odd to be mandating something for which 95 percent of infections never amount to anything.”

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Breaking: Judge enjoins NYC rule attacking pregnancy care centers

UPDATE, 1:40p: Just spoke with Tom Glessner, founder of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates and also an attorney, and he had great insights: “The court victories against these anti-pregnancy resource center ordinances serve as a turning point in this legal battle. Let all municipal councils beware that attempts to restrict the free speech of prcs now subjects them to serious civil liability risks.”

2:07p: Great news. New York City has become the second of three major cities* where pro-abortion edicts attempting to force pregnancy care centers to post signage that they do not commit abortions are meeting constitutional resistance.

Congrats to LifeSiteNews.com, which broke the story:

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Three Louisiana abortion clinics cited for failure to report child rape

Three of Louisiana’s seven abortion clinics have been cited by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for failure to report suspected child rape.

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Jivin J’s Life Links 4-29-11

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  • The Alliance Defense Fund has a press release on Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit settlement:

    In December 2010, the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas determined that PP of Southwest OH Region violated state law when it failed to meet with the 14-year-old girl at least 24 hours prior to giving her the abortion. Following this, a psychologist found that the abortion had caused her to suffer significant psychological harm, including post-traumatic stress disorder. The case was “resolved and dismissed” shortly thereafter.

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