A few years ago, a friend of my sister was peacefully praying outside an abortion facility in Dallas, TX. A man who'd brought his girlfriend there to abort his child got so furious at my sister's friend just for being there that he deliberately veered his car over and ran her down. She was critically injured. Fortunately, she eventually recovered.
Not everyone is so fortunate. You may remember that last year in Michigan, a pro-life demonstrator was shot and murdered by a furious "pro-choicer."
The latest murder attempt against a pro-lifer was in Kalispell, MT, last week. From LifeSiteNews:
A homemade “bomb” akin to a Molotov cocktail was thrown at an elderly pro-life activist during a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil March 17. The attack took place at around 6:15 p.m., near the All Family Health Care abortion center in Kalispell, Montana, according to the Thomas More Society (TMS).According to Karen Trierweiler, coordinator of the 40 Days prayer vigils in Kalispell, the device was thrown at one of the vigil participants, an elderly retired woman, by an unidentified assailant as she walked on the public sidewalk near the abortion facility.
The victim did not see the thrower, nor did she see the device before it exploded on the sidewalk behind her, making a loud popping noise as it burst into flame. The victim was unhurt.
The victim then called Trierweiler to the scene, who called the police.
Though perhaps the most dangerous event in memory, Trierweiler said that projectiles were not uncommon: last year elderly participants were struck by water balloons; at other times, critics hurled baby dolls smeared with fake blood.
The worst part is the utter disdain from the Kalispell police, who simply couldn't be bothered to care about the attempted murder of an innocent, unarmed citizen. From the Thomas More Society:
Regaining her composure, the victim called Ms. Trierweiler to the scene, and she called the police. After a lengthy delay, a Kalispell police officer arrived. But instead of inspecting the bomb debris or calling evidence technicians to the scene, the officer remarked that police could never get prints or other evidence from the bomb’s remains, and that he would call the city’s garbage service to dispose of all the debris. [I.e., they did not feel it necessary even to treat it as they would any other crime scene and perform the basic task of collecting crime-scene materials! -- ed.] Then he said that the 40 Days prayer vigil participants should expect this kind of reaction if they’re out there protesting. Questioning Officer Hoover’s assessment of the attack, Ms. Trierweiler called the Kalispell desk sergeant to complain, where she was unable to get further assistance.
Thank goodness that the Thomas More Society is taking action in the face of this blatant disregard for the law by those who are supposed to be enforcing it:
Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society, said, “We are appalled by this terrible act of violence, while we’re immensely grateful that God’s grace spared this valiant pro-lifer any serious injury. But the reaction of Kalispell police officers after Ms. Trierweiler called them to the scene was equally appalling, indeed outrageous. We intend to file disciplinary complaints against both the officer who came to the crime scene and the desk sergeant whose tepid, indifferent, and grossly unprofessional response to this blatant act of domestic terrorism shows them both unfit to wear a police uniform and at best deserving of severe disciplinary action. We expect much better from the FBI and we will pursue the matter to the very highest levels of the U.S. Department of Justice if this case is not investigated promptly and vigorously and—once the assailant is identified and apprehended—prosecuted to the hilt,” Brejcha concluded.
Ms. Trierweiler also reported that an eyewitness has stepped forward, who was not part of the 40 Days campaign but rather a passerby, who saw the incident occur and who may be able to help the FBI track down the bomb thrower and bring him to justice.
Good thing that we have non-profit advocates such as the Thomas More Society to look out for the interests of citizens in cases where those in offices of responsibility refuse to do their jobs.
Postscript to the story at the top of the post:
The injured pro-lifer planned to sue the man whose rash and spiteful action could have killed her. Her hospital bills were very high, and she hoped to recover those costs; also, she thought it might send a deterrent message to others tempted to attack peaceful protesters. But, at the same time, she (and many other local pro-lifers) were also praying for the man's conversion of heart. Prayers were answered! The man repented of what he'd done, visited her in the hospital, apologized and was reconciled, and voluntarily paid the costs not covered by her insurance. So... while we should support (financially, if possible) the Thomas More Society in their efforts to get the FBI and other law-enforcement entities to do what needs to be done, let us also be praying for the conversion of both the violent perpetrator and the negligent police personnel.