In an act of violence captured on video, an angry woman is seen punching a pro-life student protester outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Roanoke, Virginia.
TheBlaze.com reports that 15-year-old Purity Thomas was protesting with other students from Students for Life of America outside the Planned Parenthood clinic on Saturday when the assault occurred.
According to a report from The Daily Caller, Thomas was holding a pro-life sign which read “All people are made in the image of God.” She was speaking to and praying with women outside the clinic. Suddenly, an angry woman rushed up to her, stole her sign, and reportedly threatened to beat her up.
The woman then punched Thomas in the face, and Thomas is seen staggering backward. Some of Thomas’ fellow students caught the incident on camera.
In response to the assault, Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life America, issued this statement:
“It’s horrific that a minor expressing love for pregnant women was targeted for violence. But this is not an isolated incident. Across the country we are witnessing a rise in the number of incidents of vandalism and violence against peaceful pro-life speech.
We pray that the assailant from today’s attack is brought to justice swiftly. But we also pray for the protection of those who volunteer their time to speak for the innocent, preborn infants and their mothers.”
Thomas is reportedly alright, but suffered a “mild concussion.”
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Publication date: December 4, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.