The following comes from an April 24 Life News article by Sarah Zagorski:
On April 21, the University of Southern California removed banners of 11-week old unborn babies only a few hours after Students for Life placed them on campus. The banners featured quotes from Mother Teresa like, “Life is a promise, fulfill it” and “at 8 weeks she began to hear … at 11 weeks every organ system was functioning.”
The former president of USC Students for Life group, Lisa Ebiner Gavit, was involved in the banner project and shared her disappointment with The College Fix. She said, “USC Students for Life was deeply disappointed by the actions of the USC administration … when they decided to remove our pro-life banners from campus,” she said. “Our student organization had gone through all the proper administrative channels to reserve the space and install the banners, and we were heartbroken to see that they were taken down after being up for only a few hours. They were supposed to stay up for two weeks. This shuttering of free speech is disappointing, to say the least.”
Gavit added that the banners were placed to advertise their end of the semester event, which was a baby shower for a local pregnancy resource center. She said it was aimed to “show pregnant women that abortion is not their only option.”
Jacob Ellenhorn, a student government senator and member of USC’s Republicans said he didn’t agree with the University’s decision to remove the banners. He said, “[Gavit] told me that the USC office that hung up the signs for her this morning took them down because they did not advertise a particular event or organization. This is strange because rainbow banners for gay pride were up on campus last semester and did not advertise an event or an organization. The same was true for banners hung up during black history month.”
This isn’t the first time a pro-life group has experienced unequal treatment on a college campus. In 2014, a pro-abortion feminist studies professor at University of California Santa Barbara attacked a young pro-life activist, stole and destroyed her sign, and encouraged a group of students to violence. The professor later apologized but was sentenced to three years probation and anger management.
Additionally, last year USC students vandalized a pro-life display created by their Students For Life club. The display featured white hearts and posters to remember all the babies lost since Roe vs. Wade.