Liberal Student Arrested After Allegedly Punching Pro-Life Advocate at UNC

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A liberal college student was arrested after allegedly punching a pro-life advocate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill last month.

Jillian Ward, 19, a pro-choice feminist, assaulted Austin Beigel, who works for the pro-life group Created Equal, after approaching the group's display on April 2, Fox News reports. Ward claimed to be triggered by photographs depicting aborted children put up by the group.

Ward asked the group if they put up the photos, and then ran towards Beigel after he confirmed they did. Beigel was reportedly punched in the face and also received a blow to the stomach.

"F***ing terrible person," Ward yelled. "You're a terrible person. You — this is not okay. This is not okay. This is not okay. Shut the f**k up right now. This is wrong. This is triggering. You're not an innocent human being. You're a terrible person."

UNC campus police arrested Ward and she will appear in court next month.

Beigel said "violence from abortion supporters is becoming more common" in a Facebook post, adding that he has forgiven Ward.

Mark Harrington, president of Created Equal, told Fox News the assault on Biegel was part of a broader trend of campus violence.

"Students being groomed on college campuses to be leaders, writers, and thinkers of the Left are increasing in censorship and violence against those with whom they disagree," Harrington said.

The Free Beacon reported earlier this month that pro-life demonstrators have faced violence and vandalism at more than 50 college campuses since September.

Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins said "the pro-abortion fringe [is] turning to violence" at an alarming rate.

Last October, a man roundhouse kicked a woman participating in a pro-life demonstration in Canada before running away.

Jeffrey Cimmino

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Jeff Cimmino is a media analyst at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from Georgetown University in 2019. Prior to working at the Free Beacon, he interned at National Review and the Foreign Policy Initiative.

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