An elderly pro-life woman in Kentucky was thrown to the ground outside an abortion clinic earlier this month, suffering a broken leg and head injuries. The incident was captured by a surveillance camera outside the EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville.
The victim, sidewalk counselor Donna Durning, is seen on video being shoved to the ground after approaching a woman who exited the abortion facility. Durning said she was trying to give the woman literature about a crises pregnancy center.
“I had a little card from Little Way Crisis pregnancy center, and I just offered it to her. And I said, ‘Honey, if you need to talk to anybody, there’s a number on here,’” the pro-lifer said, WLKY News reported.
“I was there, as I am five days a week, talking to girls, offering them alternatives to abortion,” Durning told the outlet, adding, “I saw a lot of hatred in her face and, I’m not exaggerating, I saw the face of Satan in her eyes.”
The suspect remains at-large.
According to LifeNews, abortion activists in the area are using the assault to bolster calls for so-called “buffer zones,” which “prohibit pro-lifers from coming within a certain distance of the abortion clinic.”
Durning, however, remains undeterred from continuing her pro-life activism. “I’m there to help mothers and help them save their children,” she said.
Pro-lifers have been victimized by a string of assaults and acts of vandalism. For example, Marie-Claire Bissonnette, a woman from the youth branch of Canada’s pro-life group Campaign Life Coalition, was kicked in the face by a Toronto-area male feminist identified as Jordan Hunt during a pro-life demonstration in September.
“Someone call the cops! Do not touch me!” Bissonnette can be heard yelling in the video after the assault.
A pro-life activist in Massachusetts was punched in the face in March while demonstrating outside an abortion clinic.
“At around 9:30 a.m., officers were called to Women’s Health Services in Brookline after a male pro-life protester was physically assaulted by a female outside the clinic,” The Daily Wire previously reported.
“Police were dispatched to Women’s Health Services on Harvard Street for a disturbance. A woman believed a man, who was standing out front of the address, was videotaping her. The two exchanged words, the woman struck the man in the face then left the area,” a Brookline Police News report detailed, adding, “Police were able to identify the woman and summoned her to court for assault and battery.”