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
“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
The recent attack in Norman, Okla., is an example of the violence abortion
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.)
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