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Violence in Front of Planned Parenthood that Doesn’t Perform Abortions

Robin Marty

A "protest" turns violent in Oregon.

Many anti-choice activists, unhappy with limiting their protests just to clinics that terminate pregnancies, have expanded their reach to reproductive health clinics that don’t even provide abortions. It was a protest in front of one of those clinics that turned violent, as a local protester repeatedly stabbed the father of a woman who kicked over his anti-abortion and anti-Planned Parenthood signs.

Via the Associated Press:

Ted Clair was stabbed seven times in the abdomen and neck during a fight with Christopher Tolhurst, who had signs denouncing abortion and Planned Parenthood, officials said.

Witnesses said that earlier in the day, Clair’s 22-year-old daughter, Kailah Clair, argued with Tolhurst and kicked over his protest signs, Lt. Dennis Ward said.

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They said Tolhurst pushed the woman, and she returned later with her father, who confronted Tolhurst.

Ward said in a statement that witnesses reported Ted Clair pushed Tolhurst to the ground and punched him “numerous times” in the face, and then Tolhurst stabbed Clair.

According to witnesses, Tolhurst has a history of standing outside the clinic, verbally and physically harassing those who used the services or even just passersby. One neighbor called it an “accident waiting to happen.”

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