- The Washington Times - Friday, April 26, 2019

Police in Louisville, Kentucky, are investigating a possible assault after an elderly pro-life activist says she was pushed to the ground outside the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.

Surveillance video recorded the April 12 incident involving Donna Durning, a longtime anti-abortion activist who has volunteered as a “sidewalk counselor” outside of EMW Women’s Surgical Center for 23 years, The Louisville Courier Journal reported.

The video, posted by a local CBS affiliate, shows Ms. Durning calmly approaching a woman who exited the clinic. The woman ignores Ms. Durning at first but then turns around and bumps her with her chest, knocking Ms. Durning to the ground. Fellow demonstrators are heard screaming to call the police while rushing to Ms. Durning’s aid.

Speaking from her hospital bed, Ms. Durning told The Courier Journal that she suffered a broken leg and laceration to her head from the attack. She said it will take months of physical therapy to fully recover.

Ms. Durning said the woman became incensed after she tried to hand her a card for a crisis pregnancy center.



The woman “had a really, really evil look on her face and she used horrible, horrible language. I couldn’t even repeat it even if I’d heard all the words,” Ms. Durning said.

Jessie Halladay, a special adviser for Louisville Metro Police, confirmed that an investigation is underway but that the suspect had not yet been identified.

“[Police] are looking into the incident to determine what, if any, charges would be appropriate,” Ms. Halladay told The Courier Journal.

The clinic declined to comment when reached by The Courier Journal, instead referring questions to the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, which also declined to comment.

As for Ms. Durning, she said the incident has not deterred her from protesting outside EMW.

“I have a guardian angel, and I know that God is watching over me,” she said.

It is reportedly the third time Ms. Durning has been assaulted outside the EMW, the previous incidents taking place in 2005 and 2017.

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