“This is wrong! This is triggering!”
In a video released Tuesday by a pro-life advocacy organization, a woman is seen repeatedly punching one of the group’s members in an apparently unprovoked attack.
The incident took place in April when Created Equal, a group that says it seeks to find “new ways to challenge the industry of abortion,” held an event on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.
Created Equal activists brandished “large signs depicting the gruesome reality of abortion” and engaged students in discussion, according to a press release from the group. One of the group’s activists, Austin Beigel, was identified as the target of the attack, which the group said it caught on video.
“You’re a terrible person!” she cries repeatedly. “This is not OK! Shut the fuck up right now!”
“This is wrong! This is triggering!” she says later.
Police are then called to the scene and assure the group’s members they will issue an arrest by citation to the suspect.
Beigel commented on the incident Tuesday in a Facebook post, saying: “Violence from abortion supporters is becoming more common.”
The alleged attack was the latest instance of intolerance of conservative views on a college campus. It came amid a renewed national fight over abortion. With the Supreme Court’s commitment to abortion rights in question, a number of red states have this year tightened restrictions on the practice while blue states have gone the other way.
Last week, a Democratic state lawmaker in Virginia tweeted a video of himself harassing an elderly anti-abortion activist, saying such people are “racist, classist, bigots who NEED & DESERVE our righteous opposition.”
Push back against Planned Parenthood protestors, PLEASE! They prey on young women, they use white privilege, & shame. They’re racist, classist, bigots who NEED & DESERVE our righteous opposition. Push back, please! #YouAreStrongEnough https://t.co/rYQOiAhC0D
— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) May 2, 2019
On Tuesday, the University of North Carolina identified the woman who was arrested as 19-year-old Jillian Alexandra Ward. It was not immediately clear whether Ward attends the university.
Created Equal President Mark Harrington told The Daily Caller that police had charged the suspect with non-aggravated assault.
“Pro-abortion activists are losing the argument, and instead of seeking debate they are escalating the violence on peaceful preborn defenders on college campuses,” he said.
Ward’s court date is set for June 4.