It’s no surprise when our death-loving culture lashes out in violence from time to time, but that doesn’t make it any less heartbreaking or deserving of swift justice—both from God and the law.
After being brutally assaulted and injured by a woman leaving an abortion clinic in mid-April, pro-life activist Donna Durning is seeking such justice against her attacker.
In the incident, which was captured by a street surveillance camera, Durning says she kindly approached the woman as she was exiting the E.M.W. Women’s Surgical Center in Kentucky to offer life-affirming support and counsel.
Durning couldn’t possibly have anticipated what would happen next.
“She turned and looked at me,” Durning recalled in an interview with LifeSiteNews while still bed-ridden in the hospital, “and I gave her a sweet little card. …I said, ‘Honey, this is for you; if you want to talk to somebody, there’s a phone number there.’ She grabbed me by both shoulders and literally threw me to the ground.”
As seen in the heartbreaking video, the assailant simply turns her back on her screaming victim and enters a car which promptly speeds away from the scene.
After receiving urgent medical attention, an exam revealed that Durning sustained a broken femur (thigh bone) and a cut on her head from the attack. She was then rushed to Louisville’s Baptist Health Hospital where her femur was surgically repaired.
Following her successful operation, Durning is now receiving ongoing therapy at the Nazareth Home rehabilitation center where she says she is “improving day by day.” She expects to be released from the rehab center this weekend and stay in her sister’s single-level home until she is healed enough to safely climb the staircase in her own home.
Praise God for his protection of this woman! After faithfully witnessing to women at this abortion mill for more than two decades, Durning surely never expected that her very life could be endangered as she sought to save those of thousands of these precious children.
Although Durning definitely plans to press charges, at this time she chose to keep the details offered to the media to the bare minimum in order not to jeopardize her case.
“We are going to prosecute this woman who injured me,” she told LifeSite. “She needs to face the consequences of her actions.”
According to Vince Heuser, a pro-life lawyer in Louisville, the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office is now considering bringing their own charges against the assailant.
The Louisville Courier-Journal also reported that local police were initially reluctant to confirm that Durning was in fact attacked outside the clinic. It wasn’t until Durning’s family provided the news outlet with the case number and a detective’s name that police “[confirmed] the incident’s date, time, location and officers involved.”
In spite of the callousness demonstrated by Durning’s attacker, local pro-abortion advocates have found a way to spin the circumstances in their favor. Marcie Crim, an abortion lobbyist and the executive director of the Kentucky Health Justice, used the attack to push for anti-protest “bubble zones” to keep people from witnessing to mothers and abortion workers.
“I don’t understand why the city would want to continue to allow people to be put in harm’s way,” Crim told the Courier-Journal. “I don’t understand why the city would want to look the other way when there’s the potential for violence.”
“If there was a safety zone, then no one would be able to get hurt,” she added.
Here’s an idea: how about we don’t attack people who are gently trying to offer help? Too novel?
The E.M.W. Women’s Surgical Center is the last abortion clinic standing in Kentucky, and now these people want to close it off from even the gentlest protesters rather than simply following the law and prosecuting people who commit assault.
This is the culture of death, people.
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