"South Dakota abortion proponents have taken the low road in the fight over Referred Law 6 with repeated incidents of vandalism against pro-lifers," said Phil Eddy, outreach coordinator for American Life League. "We're disgusted with the illegal and destructive activity that is taking place. Unfortunately, we should not be surprised at these incidents considering the fact that the vandals are wreaking havoc in the name of abortion ? the epitome of violence."
Eddy and other pro-life activists have witnessed the vandalism first-hand as they continue efforts to protect South Dakota's Women's Health and Human Life Protection Act, which bans all medical and surgical abortions in the state.
"Abortion advocates know they are losing the battle and are resorting to vicious means to try and dissuade public opinion away from the truth," said Eddy. "In Rapid City and Sioux Falls alone, we have seen hundreds of Vote Yes for Life signs defaced, burned and stolen. We have seen pro-life volunteers' cars vandalized and wooden crosses on church property destroyed. We have seen both a Catholic high school and Catholic church spray-painted with pro-abortion slogans. Most troubling is the fact that not one pro-abortion group, or media outlet, has publicly condemned these attacks."
According to Eddy, one of the more outrageous incidents occurred when a number of the Vote Yes for Life signs were vandalized with images spray-painted with a stencil. The top of the stencil had an outline of a baby in the womb (approximately 10 weeks of age) complete with an umbilical cord. Under the baby's outline was the two-word slogan ? "Eat Babies."
"These desperate and downright dangerous tactics certainly prove that abortion proponents recognize that, despite their propaganda campaign, the truth is winning," said Eddy. "It is time to move forward with this momentum and vote yes on Referred Law 6 to protect every child from the violence of abortion."
Release issued: 23 Oct 06
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