Anti-abortion group arrested at College of Alameda
Three members of an anti-abortion group called Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust were arrested Tuesday on the College of Alameda campus and charged with trespassing when they refused to leave after being asked by campus officials.
A spokesperson for the college said the group had been told in advance what procedures they needed to follow in order to set up on campus but that they had failed to do so. Police arrested three of the six members of the group when they refused to leave, Lt. Erik Gulseth of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said.
The three were charged with trespassing and transported to the Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility in Oakland, where they were booked, cited and released.
A spokesperson for the group could not immediately be reached for comment. But a press statement issued by the group claimed the arrests were unlawful.
According to this story in the Orange County Register, the group tours 100 college campuses a year and its members have frequently been arrested in California and elsewhere for refusing to obey orders to leave a campus or to set up elsewhere.
The group’s website says its campus out teams are made up of eight to 10 young men and women who use literature, debate and displays that include “graphic images of abortion, descriptions/photos of fetal development and abortion techniques, and factual consequences of abortion” in an effort to present their side of the abortion debate to high school and college campuses.