A pro-life woman was roundhouse kicked in the shoulder on Sunday while at an annual peaceful protest against abortion, Life Chain, in Toronto.
Marie-Claire Bissonnette, 27, the youth coordinator with Campaign Life Coalition, says she was leading a group of 76 pro-life activists in silent protest when around 2:30 p.m a man approached the group and started harassing them, according to the Toronto Sun.
“This guy comes and I guess he saw what was happening — he was really angry about it, and so he takes out permanent markers and he starts scribbling on two of the signs,” she said in an interview with the online news talk show Two Way Radio.
“And so I warned people to shield their signs, and then he got the brilliant idea of scribbling on people’s backs. So he started vandalizing the jackets of people, five people, including a ten-year old girl,” she added.
It was after this that Bissonnette took out her phone to record him should he continue to vandalize. But what she captured was even more appalling.
Her video shows the man, who wore a pentagram necklace, briefly arguing with her about abortion before he roundhouse kicks her, knocking the phone to the ground.
“He kicked me in the shoulder, my phone went flying,” Bissonnette told the Sun on Thursday.
“I start shouting for someone to call police and before he runs away, he goes up to me and I had a ribbon on my jacket indicating the leader, he tore it off my chest.”
Bissonnette, said that she was shaken up but lucky to experience only minor pain. She added that she doesn’t think most of her group saw what occurred but that those who did witness it “were in shock.”
“When he began to pose, and you can see in the video that he positions himself for this, I guess it didn’t register because it was very sudden,” she told the Sun.
“You would expect someone to start yelling in a loud voice or be very aggressive before they would go and physically assault someone.”
The shocking video circulated quickly the internet, allowing the man to be identified as Jordan Hunt, a Toronto hairstylist who has since been fired from his job.
His previous employers put out this statement: “It has been brought to our attention that Jordan has been caught on camera assaulting an innocent bystander at a pro life rally. We don’t condone his actions and he has been let go. We believe that everyone has a right to an opinion and the right to voice their opinion without fear of physical violence.”
Hunt has since deleted all his social media profiles. In a now-deleted post, he stated that he was “working on my book The Hippy Swamp Witch, a guide to natural living.”
Possibly he’s drafting a chapter on how to physically assault women who have different beliefs from you.
So far Toronto police are investigating but no arrest has been made since the lionhearted man fled from the scene of the crime, according to the Sun.
Bissonnette will press charges if an arrest is made, saying, “I don’t think it’s acceptable to show any physical violence to anyone who disagrees with you. The perpetrator should know that.”
She wrote in an article for LifeSiteNews that this was hardly the first time she’s experienced violence from pro-abortion activists.
“This sort of assault is neither a single nor a rare occurrence,” she wrote.
“I’ve participated in many public pro-life activities throughout my life. This isn’t the first time I’ve been attacked. Rocks have been thrown at me. I’ve been spat upon multiple times and pushed. Men have aggressively asked how I would like it if they raped me and forced me to have an abortion.”
“There is a media-driven narrative that pro-life activists are violent and a danger to women,” she continued. “This is a bald-faced lie. The only violence or aggression I’ve witnessed in my many years in the pro-life movement comes entirely from pro-abortion activists, and yet it’s rarely, if ever, reported.”
She mentioned other assaults, like one that she claimed also happened on Sunday when a woman poured paint all over an pro-life activist’s jacket and pants.
Then she brought up another instance of violence enacted by the same people who proclaim that they advocate for women.
“In 2014 Michael Panagapko of Toronto was convicted of assaulting a woman during the 2013 Life Chain with a knife,” she recounted. “He poured water on her, threw the bottle in her face, pulled her to the ground by her hair and beat her by punching and kicking her, before pulling out his knife.”
So the same tolerant, accepting people who advocate killing babies are also the ones committing violence against women? Color me surprised.
But the media and leftist leaders still get away with painting the ludicrous portrait that somehow they are on the side of peaceful — or “hippy” to use Hunt’s term — acceptance of everyone’s diverse beliefs. In reality, they stoke violence and glorify celebrities who encourage it. How can they claim to support women while attacking pro-life women?
Unfortunately, many in the liberal media are too far removed from reality to see their own dangerous hypocrisy. Hopefully, however, some will learn from this incident and take a good look at what they are actually defending.
Until then, let’s follow Bissonnette’s brave example and try to encourage a truly liberal society where people can disagree with each peacefully.
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