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Contact: Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096
January 16, 2014
Open Season on Pro-lifers: Assault in Oklahoma Ignored by Authorities
American Family Association Breaks News of an Attack Outside Norman, Okla., Abortion Clinic; Victims Say Police Did Not Help

American Family Association was the first to break news nationally about an assault on pro-life supporters in Norman, Okla.—an assault that was ignored by authorities. 

Toby Harmon of Abolish Human Abortion was speaking in front of an abortion clinic in Norman on Dec. 17 when a couple exited the clinic. Harmon said he and a friend called out, asking if they could help the couple. A young man then became aggressive and approached the two pro-lifers. 

Harmon told the American Family Association’s online news source, OneNewsNow.com: “He shoved my friend, Jeremy, to the ground, and at that point I said, ‘Look, I’m recording this, you’re on video so you need to leave. You’re going to get in trouble.’” 

At that point, the man struck Jeremy in the face, threw Harmon’s camera to the ground and stomped on it. Harmon, however, resumed recording with another camera, which shows the man stalking the pro-lifers as they retreated. Audio captured in the video suggested that the assailant told the pro-lifers he wished he had brought a gun. Police were called to the scene and took notes, but the pro-lifers claim authorities are not helping. Harmon says he emailed a district attorney the links to the assault but has not received a response, adding that the assailant returned the following week, threatening them again. Police virtually ignored the second incident, other than suggesting mediation, and would not allow the videos as evidence. 

Yesterday, Harmon was a guest on the American Family Radio program “Focal Point with Bryan Fischer” and indicated that Norman police are receiving calls demanding justice. 

“From knock-down assault games in inner cities to flash mobs, to this most recent assault on those working to protect life in Oklahoma, people are being desensitized to the precious nature of life,” said Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association. “As we approach the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we can see how far we’ve come as a culture when those who are standing up for life and trying to counsel the broken are assaulted.” 

Next week on January 22, the country marks 41 years since the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in America. Twenty years ago, Mother Teresa reflected on the court decision, telling the Wall Street Journal, “America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships.” 

The recent attack in Norman, Okla., is an example of the violence abortion has sown.   

Mother Teresa continued in the Feb. 25, 1994 edition of the newspaper, “(Abortion) has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts—a child—as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.” 

American Family Association is encouraging citizens in Norman to call authorities and urge that action be taken on the man who assaulted the pro-life supporter. (add phone numbers here.) 

For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net. 

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To interview a representative from American Family Association, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096. 

American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with more than one million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner. 

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and OneNewsNow.com, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as OneMillionMoms.com that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA websites average over 6 million unique visitors and 44 million hits per year. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America. 

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