Thrin Short, who was interviewed by Megan Kelly on Fox News, claims she was physically accosted by UCSB Professor Mireille Miller-Young during a March 4 anti-abortion protest

Thrin Short, who was interviewed by Megan Kelly on Fox News, claims she was physically accosted by UCSB Professor Mireille Miller-Young during a March 4 anti-abortion protest

Mother of Anti-Abortion Activist Makes Plea for Civility

Condemns Personal Attacks Against UCSB Professor

Friday, March 28, 2014
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The mother of an anti-abortion activist who made national headlines earlier this month after her physical confrontation with a UCSB professor on campus has made a public plea for more civil discourse around the divisive incident. Catherine Short, legal director for the Life Legal Defense Foundation, said that while Professor Mireille Miller-Young’s conduct has sparked justified criticism, it has also generated unwarranted personal attacks — many of them tinged with racist and sexist overtones — via social media and other online outlets.

Short’s daughters, 21-year-old Joan and 16-year-old Thrin, had traveled to UCSB with a Christian group called Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust and erected large signs of aborted fetuses when they were allegedly accosted by Miller-Young. According to the Short sisters, Miller-Young stole one of the signs, shoved and scratched Thrin when she tried to follow her, then destroyed the sign in her office with help from students. Miller-Young has been charged with theft, battery, and vandalism, and her arraignment is scheduled for next Friday.

In a prepared statement provided to The Independent on Thursday, Short also takes exception with language used by Michael D. Young, UCSB’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, in an email he sent to students following the confrontation and its ensuing news coverage. Read Short’s full statement below:

In early March 2014, my daughters Joan and Thrin, along with several friends, went to the University of California at Santa Barbara to conduct a pro-life outreach. While there, they were accosted by UCSB professor Mireille Miller-Young.

We are confident that the legal process will establish, without room for doubt or equivocation, that Miller-Young was the aggressor throughout her encounter with the pro-lifers. The pro-life speakers did not taunt, provoke, or incite either Miller-Young or anyone else, as some have suggested. On the contrary, they made every effort to meet her provocations, taunts, mockery, and profanity with calm and reason, trying to move her into a more productive channel of discourse. She rebuffed these attempts and deliberately chose instead to engage in the conduct that led to the District Attorney charging her with theft, battery, and vandalism.

Unfortunately, along with the expressions of support we have received, we have become aware of individuals engaging in ad hominem attacks against Miller-Young. We do not condone this, and we ask that such attacks stop. As my daughters tell people they meet on campuses, let’s keep to the topic and have a reasonable, productive conversation. What Miller-Young did, what she has said and written, what she teaches and publishes, UCSB’s response, and appropriate sanctions for her actions have a place in the conversation. Comments on her personal appearance and threats against her person do not.

Finally, we encourage UCSB Vice-Chancellor Michael Young to observe a pro-life outreach, whether conducted by my daughters and their friends, a Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust campus team, Justice for All, Project Truth, or UCSB’s own pro-life organization. If he does, he will not see any pro-life person ‘provoking,’ ‘taunting,’ or ‘peddling hate and intolerance,’ as he described in an e-mail to UCSB students following the incident. What he will see is individuals trying to reach the minds and win the hearts of others by employing facts, reason, discussion, and persuasion - exactly the type of ‘exchange of ideas’ that he said ‘is fundamental to the mission of [the] university.’


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Finally, the fox vultures pick at the carcass with a 16yr old. Let's hope they pick it clean so the news can focus on why the government can afford $1 billion to Ukraine but won't act for starving, out of work Americans and the crumbling, out of date infrastructure. America first, right? Wrong. Again. Like fox news actually reports news. Maybe 10% of the time. With all the hot air, we should have balloon races in America instead of all the middle east oil nascar nonsense.

spacey (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 3 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I've been reading about this for some time and have yet to see any personal attacks against Miller-Young unless listing her bokks and articles about black women in pornography is considered insulting.

dewdly (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 3:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

how on earth do these people support themselves? i'd love to leave the daily grind of working my ass off to pay down my student debt and buy a house so i could chase the things i'm passionate about. however, i wouldn't waste my time trying to save unborn fetuses, there's plenty of already born children in the world who could use clean water, health care and food...

StockiestCastle (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 3:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Evidently the annoying and self-righteous SAH folks are getting some more mileage out of this incident. The annoying and self-righteous professor might have thought about this before she mishandled the confrontation with the protest group.

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 3:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There is no discourse possible, civil or otherwise, when it comes to these fanatical delusionists. They let their little Hebrew book of fairytales do all their thinking for them.

I hope the professor is found innocent and walks. And to those of you who don't want or need an abortion, shut the hell up and allow others to frikkin decide for themselves.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 4:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You lefties continually amaze me.

Your continual delusional writings of absolute nonsense is comical. You idiots rant from one thing to another. You blame the right, but it was a leftist wing nut who caused this entire spectacle in the first place.

But you lefties keep it up it's like reading the Sunday comics 7 days a week!!!

To Draxor, you need some serious mental health help. Please seek immediately…..

Priceless (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 6:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, it's clear that the mother's plea for civility will not be honored on the comments section of this website.

Botany (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 10:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That's untrue Botany, that's such a lame comment you made. We are all being polite so for you to make such a stupid comment goes to show that's untrue. I'm tired all all these false accusations by these retarded bloggers that were not being civel today.

In a related story, I will hire out as Dreck-sore's psychologist for $100 per hour, in eight hour shifts.

Time to take my medication.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 10:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Bravo to the Mom, apparently she's the only mature one in the bunch!

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 11:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Is the professor suspended until the results of her hearing? Or is she still teaching?

Professors should try (at the very least) to be models to emulate for the students. It's their job.

Two good stories in the Independent, bravo. Hoffman and now this one. Keep it up. And don't go all soft on the administration. They've blown it. Their job is to lead.

DonJosedelaGuerra (anonymous profile)
March 29, 2014 at 7:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Holding objectionable photos does not qualify as civil discourse. Discourse means to communicate ideas verbally. Photos which are repugnant do not result in civil discourse. They are intended to insight emotional response, not discourse.

LHThom (anonymous profile)
March 29, 2014 at 10:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Perhaps civility in this case would have been to respect the UC Regents regulation 100014:

and get prior written approval before bringing oversized posters like these:

on to a UC Campus.

Civility might have been to respectfully comply with a faculty member who was enforcing the Regents' regulation. I wonder if respect for faculty is taught at Thomas Aquinas College.

pardallchewinggumspot (anonymous profile)
March 29, 2014 at 3:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Men who abuse women blame often wrongly blame the victim by saying "she made me upset."

Professor Mireille Miller-Young is wrongly blaming these female victims of hers by saying they "triggered" her.

She also claimed she was teaching her students a good lesson. If teaching these kinds of lessons is not part of UCSB mission, she should be fired for teaching violence and theft. If the school refuses to send that clear message, then the police should do so by charging the young women that helped the professor commit these crimes. Here are photos of those students:

PrevailProlife (anonymous profile)
March 29, 2014 at 3:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Glad to hear from the Mom. Neither prof nor abortion clinic bombers represent Americans on various sides of the issue, as much as inflammatory news organizations try to make it so.

ahem (anonymous profile)
March 29, 2014 at 8:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The girl is courageous, her mother is classy, and the professor should be gone.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
March 30, 2014 at 9:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I think the classy people are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

They don't go to Thomas Aquinas College and display giant graphic posters of Priests committing pederasty with deaf boys under their protection.

Perhaps if you want to be a Catholic pro-lifer you should face those images from time to time.

Or maybe whenever protestors decide their Fred Hoffman-backed total freedom of expression allows them to display such photos. Maybe on the sidewalk just outside your house, or in the sacred areas of your place of worship.

MrsDoverSharp (anonymous profile)
March 30, 2014 at 9:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So much anger Mrs DoverSharp! Would you like to hurt someone too?

For those of you interested in what's wrong at the University you might read this report that came out in January. It might open your eyes to what's going on at the Universities.

DonJosedelaGuerra (anonymous profile)
March 30, 2014 at 10:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Anybody else as disturbed as I was by PrevailProlife's post ? Are we to assume SAH had cameras at the ready for something like this ? Who was the photog? Let's see your photo PrevailProlife since you're so willing to post photos of others. Quite un-christ like, but typical of a hypocrite.

spacey (anonymous profile)
March 30, 2014 at 12:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Goacta is a right-wing organization which includes Lynn Cheney and Joe Lieberman as its founders.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 30, 2014 at 12:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That Goacta "report" is pretty uneven. Too many broad characterizations to have any serious impact for me.

Heck, even I failed the report's litmus test (who were the generals at the Battle of Yorktown?) yet I'm pretty sure I received a great public education and am a productive member of society.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
March 30, 2014 at 1:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)


Good heavens, a genuinely informative post which adds to the debate - seems the pro-life activists broke at least two regulations, pity the response to their provocation was so stupid. Still, no doubt all this publicity will help sales of Dr Miller-Young's forthcoming book.

whitecrow (anonymous profile)
March 30, 2014 at 3:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The real hurt was done by the Catholic Priest Reverend Lawrence C. Murphy, who molested 200 deaf boys, and was protected by Cardinal Joselph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict):

Does Thomas Aquinas College allow protests on its campus with graphic posters of the pederasty by Lawrence C. Murphy?

MrsDoverSharp (anonymous profile)
March 30, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

For those interested: the 'proacta' post above has a link to the original report that contains the many interesting evaluations on which the article is based. The report concerns what's happening at the so-called top 29 universities across the country. The report is longer but quite interesting. Among the topics are free speech on campus.

Are Lynn Cheney and Joe Lieberman on the forbidden list for free speech? Who knew?

Mrs Dover Sharp: Are you trying to divert our attention from the subject? Are you suggesting that the girls were supporters of pederasty? By the way, it's Pope Francis now...

DonJosedelaGuerra (anonymous profile)
March 30, 2014 at 6:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm wondering whether Thomas Aquinas College, which is closely affiliated with the UCSB anti-abortion protestors, would like big posters of the pederasty committed upon deaf boys by Catholic Priest Reverend Lawrence C. Murphy posted on their campus by groups who oppose pederasty by Catholic Priests.

They clearly believe that large gruesome posters of greatly magnified butchered fetuses are appropriate for the UCSB campus.

Wouldn't free expression also apply to the campus of Thomas Aquinas College? Isn't the sexual abuse of deaf boys a matter of serious concern?

Certainly Benedict was once a pope, who, when a Cardinal, protected Catholic Priest Reverend Lawrence C. Murphy, who sexually abused young deaf boys under his protection.

MrsDoverSharp (anonymous profile)
March 30, 2014 at 9:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Civility can ultimately be portrayed by keeping your nose out of someone else's business.

Abortion is the law of the lane. It is a personal decision.

Be civil and butt out, religious nuts.

taz (anonymous profile)
March 31, 2014 at 9:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Civility Level is falling....alas...must be an epidemic of non-civility on campus...good try Independent.

DonJosedelaGuerra (anonymous profile)
March 31, 2014 at 10:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Fire this professor right now.
As Noam Chomsky said, “If you believe in freedom of speech, you believe in freedom of speech for views you don’t like. Goebbels was in favor of freedom of speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you’re in favor of freedom of speech, that means you’re in favor of freedom of speech precisely for views you despise.” Please know that this is not to show support for Pro-Life. This is to show support for our freedom of speech, our laws, and justice.

otis01844 (anonymous profile)
March 31, 2014 at 12:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

As if those 'pro-lifers' signs AREN'T provocative...

tammy (anonymous profile)
March 31, 2014 at 1:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

wow, i'm kind of blown away that an informative and unbiased post weaseled its way into this topic. thank you, pardallchewinggumspot.

personally i find the dead fetus porn parading behavior of the SAH offensive and obscene. i also think the professor will get what's coming to her for stooping to their level and taking the bait. it's a lose-lose situation for everyone.

StockiestCastle (anonymous profile)
March 31, 2014 at 4:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

dewdly said `I've been reading about this for some time and have yet to see any personal attacks against Miller-Young unless listing her bokks and articles about black women in pornography is considered insulting.''

has the comments,

``harley55dv6 days ago

You can make a n****r a professor, but you can't take the n****r out of the professor. Don't be surprised that n****rs steal things, be surprised that an "educated" professor doesn't understand the first amendment which just so happens to protect my right to call this stupid ignorant bitch a nappy, s**t-stealing n****r. Feminists? Whatever happened to real degrees like engineering and doctors? They just hand out degrees for anyone who saves enough on their welfare check to pay for their abortions don't they.''


Dkall Bedke1 week ago (edited)

this doesn't surprise me at all. a fat negro entitlement junkie stealing from and inciting violence against young white people. did anyone consider that the fat negro professor might have done this because of racial hatred against whites?

i hope the fat negro woman gets fired and does jail time. she's a professor in black culture and pornography. LOL... absurd negro cow.''

MrsDoverSharp (anonymous profile)
March 31, 2014 at 6:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That is terrible. The word "negro", should be capitalized since it refers to a person.

Just as a serious side note, what some troll/racist such as "harley" or "Dkall" post on a blog has nothing to do with the issue of Miller-Young's behavior.

Some people love to grasp at straws to further their personal agendas.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
March 31, 2014 at 9:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That dewdly denies the existence of posts like those is unfortunate, however. Sadly, blogosphere has 1000's of posts like that about Prof. Miller-Young.

MrsDoverSharp (anonymous profile)
April 1, 2014 at 7:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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