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Students peaceably advocating on behalf of the unborn at a taxpayer-funded Manhattan college appear to have been attacked earlier this month by a leftist adjunct assistant professor who accused them of violence and "triggering" her students.
Students for Life of America have circulated a video wherein Shellyne Rodriguez, an assistant art professor with the City University of New York's Hunter College, can reportedly be seen verbally attacking two pro-life students before getting physical.
With permission from the school's office of student affairs, pro-life students staged a modest display at Hunter College on May 2, speaking both to the humanity of the unborn and inhumanity of chemical abortion pills — pills Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul ensured CUNY students could procure on campus earlier this month.
In the video shared by Students for Life, Rodriguez tells the students, "You're not educating s***. This is f***ing propaganda. "
Rodriguez was of the same mind as the student group CUNY for Abortion Rights, which later claimed the pro-life students were "propagating dangerous propaganda," having included "inaccurate depictions" of abortions from "unscientific sources" and dared to humanize the unborn with the aid of a plastic fetus.
After claiming that the scientific factoids shared by the pro-lifers amounted to propaganda, Rodriguez says in the video, "What are you going to do, like, anti-trans next?"
A male student responds, "I mean, no, we are talking about abortion."
"This is bull****. This is violent. You're triggering my students," say Rodriguez.
The assistant professor then presumes the male pro-lifer's gender and claims, "You can't even have a f***ing baby so you don't even know what that is."
Rodriguez apparently thought that the answer to hypothetical violence was real violence.
In the footage, the leftist professor tosses a metal case into the female student, slams pro-life literature towards both students, then lumbers away, leaving the pro-life activists to calmly clean up her mess.
Legal scholar Jonathan Turley noted that ironically, "Rodriguez describes her work as 'depict[ing] spaces and subjects engaged in strategies of survival against erasure and subjugation.' It appears that she also specializes in erasing the views of others."
\u201cPROFESSOR GONE WILD: Pro-abortion professor Shellyne Rodriquez curses at pro-life students and vandalizes table at Hunter College.\u201d— Students for Life of America (@Students for Life of America) 1684347430
A spokesman for Hunter College told Fox News Digital that the school is aware of the encounter and is "taking this matter very seriously," adding, "The provost has opened an investigation into the professor’s actions."
According to CUNY for Abortion Rights, Professional Staff Congress trade union members, the anti-Israeli group Palestine Solidarity Alliance, and others on campus support Rodriguez and her attack on the pro-life students.
The extremist abortion group went so far as to state, "We refuse to allow CUNY to welcome Students for Life and other far-right groups onto our campuses. We will not be persuaded by an ambiguous liberal vision of allowing 'all ideas to gain a hearing,'" adding that "in solidarity with Shellyne, we commit to disrupting, dismantling, and uprooting any of these far-right groups when they attempt to plant seeds of harm at CUNY."
Despite these leftist threats and Rodriguez's apparent antipathy for free speech, a spokesman for the school said, "Hunter College prides itself on maintaining decorum and respect for all, while encouraging the free expression of ideas. ... Students can display one side of a political issue, or more than one side. We consider our campus a vibrant marketplace of ideas."
LifeNews noted that this incident is just one of the hundreds of attacks committed by pro-abortion radicals on pro-life students, groups, facilities and churches over the past year.
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.