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Censorship on UC Santa Barbara Campus as Pro-choice Feminist Studies Professor Steals Pro-Life Sign

Posted in Censorship, pro-choice, pro-choice violence, Progressive with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2014 by saynsumthn

On March 4, 2014 Joan Short of the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust led a pro-life outreach at UC Santa Barbara.

milleryoungDuring the event pro-lifers say that pro-choice Mireille Miller-Young, a UC Santa Barbara professor of Feminist Studies whose areas of study include Pornography; Sex Work; and Feminist & Queer Theory stole the pro-life sign from a young pro-life activist who was trained by Survivors. Miller then took the sign into an elevator, where she repeatedly pushed, and even pulled the victim, who was attempting to hold the elevator doors open until police arrived, according to members of Survivors.

Miller Young

Joan Short recalls the event, “a woman stopped by and I could see my roommate, Mairead, talking to her with Sarah chiming in now and then. I hoped it was good conversation for Sarah’s first time. Then Thrin came around to the front of the sign and joined in. I was afraid, at this point, that the woman might feel like they were ganging up on her. Boy was I wrong!

As the woman’s shouts of “millions of children in Africa,” “my body,” “foster-care system,” etc. got louder and louder, a crowd of students gathered around. I could tell that Thrin wasn’t getting on very well with the woman, but I still didn’t want to interrupt because she is probably just as experienced as I am. If the students could hear what Thrin was saying, then they would be able to judge who was speaking rationally. I walked along the outer fringes of the crowd, asking what they thought. One girl said, “I’m just listening; that’s my professor.”

The professor was really working the crowd, letting any student ask a question, but not letting Thrin answer anything thoroughly. The professor shouted, “We don’t need to listen to these people. They don’t have our permission to be here. Should we tear down their sign?” She rallied the crowd of about fifteen to chant, “Tear down this sign! Tear down this sign!”

A few of us started talking to the students individually. The chanting stopped as the real conversations began. I asked one girl what she thought about the signs. She said “I’m pro-life, I get it, but this is kind of shocking to see when you come out of class.” Her friend joined in, “You don’t understand; you guys don’t know what it’s like to go through the foster care system.” This was familiar ground for me. Yes, the foster care system has some major flaws and I felt sorry for the girl and told her so.

As I talked to her I noticed that the professor was walking from one group to another saying, “They’re separating us; we’ve got to stick together.” I had gotten to the point in the conversation, where the heart of the issue is laid bare: is the fetus a living human being?

Professor Steals prolife sign 2014

Just then, there was a general shout. The professor had just pulled the sign away from Sarah. Sarah looked shocked. I tried to grab the sign, but she pulled it away from me. Another friend, Clare, stood in her way and grabbed the sign. Not wanting to start a brawl, I told her to let go. The professor kept walking down the sidewalk with two students helping her. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen but kept following them and called 911 on Clare’s phone. As I talked to the police and Thrin videotaped, we followed the thieves into a building.


Walking down a hallway, the professor turned to two women standing in a doorway and asked them to get in our way so they could get away. Luckily, they did not comply. We turned a corner and found that the fugitives had entered an elevator. Thinking the police might be there any minute, Thrin tried to keep the door open with her foot. The professor tried to push Thrin out, leaving scratches on Thrin’s arms. When she couldn’t get Thrin out of the way of the door, she got out of the elevator and tried to pull Thrin away. Thrin finally let go of the elevator door when she realized that the students inside the elevator were trying to take the video camera out of her hand, which was also holding the door open. The elevator left without the professor, who got in the next elevator.


This whole time I was trying to explain what was going on to the police. I was in an unfamiliar place, on an unfamiliar phone, trying to deal with a very unfamiliar situation. Eventually, the police came, but the excitement was over. When I got back to our group, they were just finishing passing out the fliers. The police talked to several of us, including Sarah, and watched the video that Thrin had taken. It was time for us to go, so we left everything in the policemen’s hands and packed up. On the way back to our school the policeman called to tell us that they had found the sign, but it had been destroyed.


Nothing like this has ever happened to me before and I hope it will never happen again, but it did not destroy the work that we did. We were able to handle individuals. What we did not expect to encounter was a professor inciting a mob. Although we were interrupted, we reached a lot of students. Many of them will not be able to think complacently about abortion ever again. They will not have abortions themselves nor will they counsel their friends to. With babies dying every day, we know that we have to use even our spare time to do something to end abortion. We will continue to bring the truth about abortion to UCSB.”

UPDATE MARCH 19, 2014:

A copy of the Police Report Has been Issued:

In the report, Miller-Young, who is pregnant, said she was “triggered” by the graphic images of aborted fetuses on the large posters and said she felt the demonstrators didn’t have a right to be on the university’s campus, because their messages were upsetting to her and students. When asked by police if there had been a struggle between her and the activists when she took the poster, Miller-Young responded, “I’m stronger, so I was able to take the poster.”