by Steven Ertelt
June 18, 2007
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — A pro-abortion Kansas state lawmaker who received only a slap on the wrist for attacking a pro-life advocate at a campaign rally for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is now the subject of a lawsuit. Rep. Vaughn Flora, a Democrat, was found guilty of battery and fined $100 but the pro-life protester says that was a light punishment.
Flora attacked pro-life advocate Troy Newman at the rally while Newman poked fun at Sebelius over the issue of abortion.
During the September 9 rally, Newman dressed up in a cockroach outfit and donned a Sebelius mask and pretended to be her campaign mascot.
Newman’s actions, which he regarded as political satire, were meant to highlight Sebelius’ veto of a measure that would have provided for more safety regulations on abortion facilities. Newman dressed like a cockroach because his pro-life group recently purchased a former abortion business and found dead roaches on the floors.
Flora was upset by the antics and tried to grab the Sebelius mask off of Newman’s face, which resulted in cuts and abrasions on Newman, the head of the pro-life group Operation Rescue.
Newman filed the civil lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court on Friday and he is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.
Bryan J. Brown, Executive Director of the ArchAngel Institute, is representing Newman in this case
Following the attack, Reno County prosecutors filed charges against Flora saying he acted in a “rude, insulting and angry manner.”
"As an elected official, his behavior is more than reprehensible. I am shocked at his actions," Newman told the Hutchinson News after the attack. "The more I think about what he did … the more I feel that he has a serious problem with controlling his anger."
Flora has been in the legislature since 1995 and ran unopposed last year.