Double Standard? Pro-Life Activists Arrested After Painting ‘Black Preborn Lives Matter’ Mural

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With chalk in their hands, a group of pro-life activists in Washington, D.C. set out to construct a mural recognizing the value of an unborn child and its right to life.

Their unborn lives matter.

The mural the group wrote up said: “BLACK PREBORN LIVES MATTER,” obviously borrowing a line from the group protesting police brutality and systemic racism.

Similar murals have been erected or painted by Black Lives Matter in major cities across the country—some have even been officially supported by city or state officials.

People have been arrested for erasing or otherwise defacing the Black Lives Matter murals, but quite the opposite standard was applied to the conservative group.

The pro-life activists drawing the mural were arrested.

The Daily Wire reports:

Law enforcement officials in Washington, D.C., arrested two pro-life activists on Saturday after the activists wrote “black pre-born lives matter” in chalk outside a Planned Parenthood building.

The two activists, who were flanked by numerous supporters, were approached by law enforcement as they started to write on the sidewalk.

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According to the report, the teens were not arrested for the content of the phrase, but for “defacing private property.”

And, they were warned against doing so.

“Hey folks, I need to tell you that if you continue chalking, you’re going to be placed under arrest for defacing property,” an officer at the scene reportedly said. “I’ve given you you’re warning. You understand that, right?”

“If you continue chalking, you’re going to be placed under arrest,” the officer continued via the Daily Wire.

Watch the incident below:

The pro-life activists, however, claimed they regularly draw on the sidewalk there and that it was public property.

One activist said:

So we are peacefully gathered here in front of Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C., and we have students and African American protesters that simply have gathered and we began to write on the sidewalk with chalk, as many of these young people do all the time ‘black pre-born lives matter,’ and all of the sudden they’ve committed a crime.

They do this every week. I come down here routinely to pray. I see people and they’ve never arrested anybody before, but today they’re arresting people just because we have decided peaceably assemble and to stand for black pre-born lives.

And so, what we’re saying today in the spirit of Frederick Douglas, who was a great abolitionist, there’s a new movement of abolitionists. This isn’t the abolition of slavery but this is the abolition of what we know is the greatest civil rights in our culture today and that is for pre-born lives.

LIVE with BREAKING NEWS! This morning, Students for Life team members and students were arrested for attempting to chalk "Black Preborn Lives Matter" in front of the Washington, D.C. Planned Parenthood. Despite previously being told we would be able to PAINT our message on the street, we were greeted by 6 police cars this morning informing us that arrests would be made for painting OR chalking our message. The D.C. Mayor has opened up her streets for public expression yet is choosing to discriminate against pro-life speech. This is unconstitutional. Read more here: https://studentsforlife.org/2020/08/01/breaking-black-preborn-lives-matter-street-painting-cancelled-as-planned-parenthood-threatens-arrest/

Posted by Students for Life of America on Saturday, August 1, 2020