Pro-life speakers were interrupted by protesters during a campus event on Wednesday, resulting in two arrests and causing the event to be closed.
Deploring the “unhinged” actions, speakers at the event denounced the school’s handling of the incident and criticized attacks on individuals and pro-life organizations on “Fox and Friends Weekend” Saturday.
“Since Roe v. Wade was reversed, these people have become completely unhinged,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life.
“pregnancy centres which offers free diapers and baby formula… is being attacked simply for helping women who have bravely chosen life. It’s incredible that this continues in our country, but we won’t let them stop us.”
Lifelong students in Virginia Commonwealth University, An affiliate of the national pro-life organization, it was set up for a Wednesday night meeting featuring discussion from group president Kristan Hawkins and Turning Point USA contributor Isabel Brown.
Said Antifa members quickly stormed into the event, with some demonstrators chanting, “Fascists go home” and “F—pro-life,” while holding signs supporting abortion.
“With 30 minutes into our meeting, which was intended to be a back-and-forth dialogue, inviting questions and conversation from people who consider themselves to support abortion, where we can unpack this divisive narrative and present the truth about the cause of life,” said Isabel Brown, a contributor to TPUSA. Significantly, several students in the room were attacked by these far-left and far-right Antifa protesters, including one who was physically assaulted.
Both Hawkins and Brown said they considered how campus police responded to the Wild protests.
“The police decided to show up from the campus police department,” Brown said. “But instead of escorting these violent protesters out of the room, they forced Christiane and I to be confined to a locked room for our safety for several hours along with a small number of students who had come to learn in peace from the event.”
Hawkins added, “Although my bodyguards called and asked for backup, the school didn’t intervene until more than 30 minutes into the situation, which is why I now have a bodyguard guarding our Student Leader for Life on Campus.”
“[Police] Necessary to remove the room. VCU should have cleared the room of those violent protesters, and they failed to do so. Instead, they ended up detaining us. This is simply wrong.”
A VCU spokesperson told Fox News Digital Thursday that the disturbance has led to the arrests of two people, Natalie Hoskins III, 22, and Anthony Marvin, 30. According to WRIC, Hoskins was charged with simple assault and Marvin was charged with disorderly conduct. None of the suspects are affiliated with the school.
“VCU is committed To promote a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors where the right to assemble and speak freely is protected. The vast majority of events at VCU take place without incident, so we’re disappointed that a student organization meeting was disrupted Wednesday night. “We must show dignity and respect to others, especially those with whom we disagree,” Michael Porter, associate vice president of public relations at Virginia Commonwealth University, said in a statement Friday.
Hawkins noted that students have had encounters with Antifa members disrupting events before, and focus on the larger issue of attacks on pregnancy centers, events, and pro-life organizations. She emphasized, however, that Wednesday’s event would not deter her or Brown from doing so Advocating for the pro-life message.
“We’re going to make sure the pro-life message is heard,” Hawkins said.
Fox News’ Emma Colton contributed to this report.