Albuquerque police apprehend, charge woman in violent attack on pro-life activists
BY LIFESITENEWS STAFF
Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:33 ESTComments (2)Tags: Abortion, Operation Rescue, Violence
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — An Albuquerque woman who violently attacked peaceful pro-life activists outside a late-term abortion clinic on Tuesday has been apprehended by Albuquerque Police and charged with one count of battery and one count of aggravated battery. Police have not yet released her name.
“I received a call from the Assistant Police Chief, and was informed as to the status of the investigation,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “After that discussion, I was impressed at the professionalism of the Albuquerque Police and their commitment to stop violence like this in their community. We have been guaranteed that the woman will face a judge and be held accountable for her actions. We really appreciate the hard work they are doing to keep everyone safe.”
Activist Bud Shaver, a former Operation Rescue intern who is now with Project Defending Life emphasized that the pro- lifers did nothing to provoke the woman’s attack. “She was driving by, noticed the protest, and parked her car so she could have words with them. What started as a dialogue quickly turned ugly,” he said.
“She just started escalating into throwing punches with her fist and she had keys in her hands,” Shaver said. “There was nothing we could do, the only thing we could do was withstand the blows.”
The police say that they fielded a large number of calls and e-mails concerning this incident.
“We want to thank everyone who called and wrote to the police. Your efforts really made an impression, and today, everyone is more aware of the violence suffered by pro-life activists,” added Newman. “The police diligently worked to apprehend the perpetrator and she is being charged. Now we encourage everyone to call and thank the police department for being so attentive to our concerns, and pray that this obviously troubled woman gets the help she needs.”