Last Friday, May 27, an estimated four hundred pro-lifers gathered at the new Planned Parenthood facility to protest the clinic’s secret opening. The protest captivated the zeal and interest of citizens across Illinois and Wisconsin. Many groups showed up, including different chapters of Students for Life of America and Crusaders for Life of both Volo and Chicago.
Crusaders for Life is a group of young adults, mostly teenagers in high school and college, who are passionate about the Pro-Life cause and devote much of their time to volunteer pro-life work and protesting abortion.
As members from the Crusaders for Life group stood peacefully beside the Planned Parenthood praying, they were abruptly interrupted when several pro-choicers arrived at the scene and started pelting these young teenagers with eggs.
The president of Crusaders for Life in Volo explains, “After the protest had wrapped up, my group, the Crusaders for Life decided to pray the divine mercy chaplet as we always do. There were two rows of teens as we prayed. When we had almost finished the chaplet I felt something hit my leg… when I turned around I saw my other friend had yolk all over her leg. She explains that they were not hurt, “Mostly just shocked and we smelled awful!”
Unfortunately, this incident is not the first time pro-lifers have been violently targeted. In fact, just within the last week, during the Students for Life graduation, hackers made their way onto the zoom graduation and blasted it with profane, Nazi pornography.
These incidents don’t discourage most pro-lifers; however, they only make their passion for the cause stronger.
One of the members of Students for Life of a local chapter explains, “Opening another Planned Parenthood is bad enough for all those who will be hurt by the violence of abortion. But throwing eggs at the peaceful pro-life protesters is just adding violence on violence. She states that the egging is unacceptable but, “This just goes to show that the pro-life movement is here to stay and here to stand for life, no matter what is thrown our way.”
As Illinois director of Students for Life, Sarah Minnich comments, “This violence against pro-life activists who take a stand for innocent human life is unfortunately not uncommon. Most striking, however, is the perseverance and joy of the students involved.”
Despite being harassed and berated for their beliefs, the Crusaders for Life students did not retaliate but continued to pray. As Minnich explains, “Pro-life students are told not to return the anger and violence of pro-abortion activists that react to the pro-life message. These student leaders embody the beauty of life by praying for the perpetrators and continuing to stand up for life.”