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Police investigate alleged attack on pro-lifers outside DC Planned Parenthood

Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department has launched an investigation after two pro-life sidewalk counselors were allegedly attacked outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic on July 22.

A group of pro-life sidewalk counselors, who were there to encourage women to choose life for their preborn babies rather than obtain an abortion, were gathered along with other pro-life activists outside of the Planned Parenthood location at 4th Street, Northeast, on Saturday morning. A verbal altercation between pro-abortion passersby and one of the activists ensued around 11:40 a.m. and quickly turned violent.

The public incident report provided to CNA by the police states that two suspects approached the pro-life activists and engaged in a verbal confrontation, which led to one of the suspects throwing coffee at one of the activists. When one sidewalk counselor tried to stop the altercation, one of the suspects “assaults [the victim] by slamming [him] to the ground and then punches [him] several times,” according to the report.

Terrisa Bukovinac, the founder of Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising, told CNA that she was the one who had the coffee thrown at her. She said two pro-abortion passersby “were screaming at us and they were screaming [expletive] you,” to which Bukovinac responded with the same insult.

One of the passersby responded, “Say that to my face,” to which she responded, “Why don’t you come over here,” she said.

The passersby, one man and one woman who were walking their dog on the other side of the street, crossed the street at this point, according to Bukovinac. She said one of them threw coffee at her, but she could not tell who threw it.

“The next thing I know, I had coffee all over me,” Bukovinac said.

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