“Shut the f**k up right now. This is wrong. This is triggering! You’re not an innocent human being. You’re a terrible person.”
Those were the words of Jillian Ward, a 19-year-old student from the University of North Carolina.
Ward’s outrage started when a group of pro-life activists visited the UNC-Chapel Hill campus to bring attention to what abortion truly looks like.
The ‘Created Equal’ group uses images to show “the gruesome reality of abortion and to engage students in conversation about this human injustice.” Ward approached the table back in early April, asking, “did y’all put these up?”
That’s when she lashed out, police said.
Watching the video, there is virtually no time between when Ward asks if they had made the display and when she begins running toward him and throwing punches.
Austin Beigel is a member of ‘Created Equal’. When he acknowledged that he had put up the display, Ward came after him with a barrage of fists.
Beigel was reportedly punched in the face multiple times and additionally took a blow to the stomach.
Beigel’s fellow group member called the police, who responded and arrested Ward.
When questioned by police following the attack, Ward said she was a pro-choice feminist and an aspiring journalist. She said she was triggered by graphic photographs depicting aborted children put up the group.
“F***ing terrible person,” Ward screamed during the attack, which was caught on video. “You’re a terrible person. You — this is not okay. This is not okay. This is not okay. Shut the f**k up right now. This is wrong. This is triggering. You’re not an innocent human being. You’re a terrible person.”
Biegel said that “violence from abortion supporters is becoming more common” in a Facebook post.
President of the pro-life group Mark Harrington said that he’s seen this trend increasingly across campuses in the United States.
“Students being groomed on college campuses to be leaders, writers, and thinkers of the Left are increasing in censorship and violence against those with whom they disagree,” Harrington noted.
UNC Police arrested Ward following the assault. She is expected to appear in court in June.
Harrington pointed out Pennsylvania state representative Brian Sims’ recent harassment of pro-life women and teens is painting the picture of what the future looks like when people like Ward come to power.
Outrage grew after a video emerged of Sims offering online viewers $100 to dox teenage girls praying peacefully outside a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood abortion clinic
An online petition started by LifeNews.com has garnered picked up nearly 24,000 signatures as of Thursday morning.
Sims, in a video posted online after the controversy, said he “can do better”. He did not apologize
Planned Parenthood stood beside him. While they did say they did “not condone…Sims’ approach” but called him a “champion” on pro-choice issues.
Ashley Garecht is the mother of two of the teens targeted by Sims, who are ages 13 and 15. She told Fox News they didn’t know he was an elected official when he started verbally attacking them for their skin color, religion, and political ideology.
“Just the fact that he’s an adult male interacting aggressively with teenage girls, that alone is inappropriate,” Garecht said. “Him being a politician doesn’t just supersede him being an adult man aggressively approaching teenage women.”
“I would just love for people to understand the core of the pro-life movement is a prayerful movement, we want abortion to end. We want women to have a better option than abortion in their lives. This is not about aggression. I would never engage in that.”
Garecht and her husband, Joe, decided to turn the negative into a positive. They started a GoFundMe “Show Brian the Power of the Pro-Life Movement”, with the goal of raising $100,000 for the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.
As of Thursday morning, they are at about $91,000.
Law Enforcement Today would like to take the time to remind America that just because you don’t agree with someone, that doesn’t make it okay to resort to violence.
Let’s play nice.