During a peaceful protest held on March 21st by The 40 Days For Life campaign outside of a San Francisco Planned Parenthood, a young man violently attacked an 85-year-old man while attempting to steal a sign the elderly man had been holding.
Apparently, the same violent thief shoved two other advocates just two days before this attack, one of which was the same elderly man seen in the video.
The video below shows the elderly man attempting to stop the younger man from stealing the sign by putting a stick in the spokes of his bicycle. The younger man then tosses his bike to the ground and immediately takes to beating the older man while screaming, “Old man stay on the ground! Stay on the ground old man!”
“The vicious attack against our elderly client is intolerable,” stated Allison Aranda, senior counsel for Life Legal Defense Foundation and a former Prosecutor of the Year. “We will pursue all legal avenues to see that justice is served and that the freedom to speak freely on the public sidewalk without threat of physical violence is protected no matter the message. As a former prosecutor, I trust that the San Francisco District Attorney’s office will pursue all legal charges against the perpetrator and bring him to justice.”
According to Life Legal Defense Foundation, Planned Parenthood will not release their security footage, telling LLDF that the elderly man brought the attack on himself by following the younger man to his bike to retrieve the sign.
“We are appalled by this brazen assault against an elderly man who was simply exercising his First Amendment rights on a public sidewalk,” said Life Legal Executive Director Alexandra Snyder. “Life Legal will not sit by and allow the escalation of violence to continue, and we are working to ensure that pro-life advocates are protected and that perpetrators are brought to justice.”
“While the 800,000 volunteers who participate in our peaceful prayer vigils around the world sign a statement of peace and have always been law-abiding, violence from abortion supporters has increased,” said 40 Days for Life President and CEO Shawn Carney.
“The gentleman who was attacked will not be deterred nor will other volunteers be deterred from peacefully being a voice for the unborn as many in America advocate for late-term abortion and infanticide,” Carney added. “The pro-life movement uses science, medical alternatives, and compassion to change hearts on this crucial issue. Planned Parenthood supporters have resorted to intimidation, insults, and violence. They have a long history of not granting dignity to the unborn, that now apparently applies to 85-year-old volunteers as well.”
“40 Days for Life vigils have a 12 year track record of being peaceful. This attack on an 85-year old man – who has been leading the San Francisco campaign for years — by a young aggressor shows that the idea that San Francisco is tolerant is a joke,” Carney said. “We believe every person should be treated with kindness, love and respect, even those with whom we may disagree. That said, over the past few months, we have seen an increase in violence from abortion supporters in an effort to instill fear and deter our law-abiding volunteers.”