More than 200 University of Texas, Arlington students signed a petition at a protest calling for the removal of a memorial display organized by a pro-life student group on campus.
The display, which was the work of the Pro-Life Mavericks, consisted of 2,900 small wooden crosses on the Central Library Mall. The number of crosses is intended to represent the number of children killed by abortion each day.
Sophomore Ashley Radovcich, who organized the protest, took issue with the religious nature of the pro-life display.
“Every cross is supposed to represent an unborn child, but not necessarily every child that is aborted is Christian and therefore they’re being culturally insensitive, especially since we’re the fifth most diverse campus in America,” she said. [Emphasis added]
Another student said she felt the display was “shaming and disrespectful to women.”
A third student, who can be seen on video holding a sign depicting a labeled drawing of a “First Trimester Fetus” next to a drawing of a coat-hanger, said the display of crosses “is not how we need to be discussing things at a center of education.”