By Samantha Kamman, Abortion Columnist
Despite footage of a horrific assault inflicted upon an elderly pro-life activist, a Kentucky grand jury has opted not to indict the abortion advocate who attacked the 82-year-old pro-life woman.
Back in April, Janaya Alyce Gregory was filmed shoving the elderly Donna Durning outside the EMW Women’s Surgical Center after Durning offered Gregory a card to a local crisis pregnancy center. Durning required surgery and physical rehabilitation for her injuries which included a broken femur and a cut to her head. Gregory faced a second-degree assault charge, but the grand jury declined to indict.
Black Lives Matter Louisville celebrated the grand jury’s decision in a Facebook post and promoted a website to help pay Gregory’s legal expenses that accused Durning of lying about her injuries. In an effort to justify the assault against Durning, the group said, “Women like Donna Durning think that it’s adequate to perform violence outside of abortion clinics. They believe that folks seeking services for their reproductive health are disposable and warranted the violence that they perform because of their religious views in the name of Christianity.”
But video footage proves Durning had not been behaving violently, and she had been attempting to promote the compassionate resources that are available to women aside from abortion. Sadly, violent assaults on pro-lifers are nothing new.
In September 2009, Harlan Drake shot and killed Jim Poullin because he “was offended by anti-abortion material that the activist had displayed across from the school all week.” In a more recent case, a pro-abortion man received probation after roundhouse-kicking a pro-life woman. 65-year-old Joe Alger was also punched in the face for praying outside a Planned Parenthood clinic, and the notorious abortion giant attempted to make Alger seem like the aggressor instead of the victim. With attacks on pro-lifers increasing, it is a reminder for pro-lifers to remain loving as they spread their life-affirming message of hope, even when being subjected to violence.