15yo Protester Punched in Face Outside Planned Parenthood
A 15-year-old pro-life demonstrator had their melon walloped by an angry female who did not agree with her views on abortion and women's right to choose. The student who caught the tail end of the haymaker, Purity Thomas, is a high school fellow from Students for Life of America in Roanoke, VA.
It is reported that Thomas was in a group, praying and conversing with other ladies in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic when a random woman hurled abusive threats and stole signs that the protestors had with them. When it became apparent that things were only going to escalate, other women in Thomas' group began to record what was happening with their phones. Just thirty seconds into recording they caught the worst of the assaults on video.
The president of Students for Life of America, Kristan Hawkins, said that it was terrible that a young lady who was peacefully protesting would become a target for such hate-fueled violence. She went on to point out that this is not an isolated, random incident and that reports indicate a rising trend in violent attacks and vandalism against peaceful, pro-life protestors.
Recently at California State University, a group of students sued one of their professors after he erased university-approved messages that had been written on walls across the campus in chalk.
Earlier this year at Texas State University there was an incident of a student who punched and kicked down a bunch of pro-life signs that were put up across the campus grounds.
Hawkins stated that the demonization of pro-lifers reaches as far as the American Bar Association where she alleges that the association is hampering pro-life lawyers from being judges. She went on to say that regardless she prays that the attacker of the 15-year-old girl is brought to justice and that all protestors demonstrating their right to protest peacefully are protected in the future. She says that the members of her group and other pro-life groups are merely standing up for the unborn and their mothers.
The tension between both sides of this issue have been high for many years now, and violence of varying degrees are not uncommon. I would like to believe that both sides of this issue can come together and at the very least agree that violence is not the solution for either cause. This is a democracy, and the different viewpoints can be demonstrated peacefully.
It is OK for people to disagree on things, but they should not punch each other in the face over it.