Abortion Advocate Nearly Runs Over Pro-Life Planned Parenthood Protestor
by Steven Ertelt
June 26, 2009
Chico, CA (LifeNews.com) — An abortion advocate nearly ran over a pro-life person protesting outside a local Planned Parenthood center with his vehicle. Matthew Reid Haver, a 40-year-old from this northern California city, was arrested by police on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.
Witnesses at the scene say Haver attempted to hit 60-year-old pro-life advocate James Canfield, who was outside the Planned Parenthood office on Vallombrosa Avenue.
They say Canfield was able to move out of the way in time and was not seriously injured, but he was clearly shaken by the incident.
The Paradise Post newspaper indicated Officer Brian Miller conducted an investigation after witnesses provided the license plate of Haver’s vehicle. Police took Haver to a local police station where he eventually had an undisclosed medical emergency that required treatment at a local hospital.
Haver will have a future court date set at the Butte County Superior Court and his case will be sent to county prosecutors to file an official criminal complaint.
He will likely be charged with assault with a deadly weapon and possible misdemeanor charges that include driving with an expired license and switching license plates with another vehicle he owns.
Police told the Post that Haver’s motive was clearly targeting a pro-life person because Canfield is a regular protestor outside Planned Parenthood and also at the Women’s Health Center, which does abortions.
Haver likely saw Canfield’s large sign depicting a baby victimized by an abortion.
Another case of attempted vehicular assault occurred recently in Arkansas.
There, Jason Bryant Shireman was apprehended by police and charged with three counts of aggravated assault after he nearly hit a group of pro-life people outside an abortion business last October. https://www.lifenews.com/state4123.html
The pro-life advocates were standing on the curb just off of College Avenue in front of the Fayetteville Women’s Clinic abortion business.
Shireman purposefully drove his suburban onto the curb in an attempt to hit or scare the sidewalk counselors outside the abortion center.
Shireman told police that he drove onto the sidewalk to show the pro-life students "what he thought about them" but denied trying to hit them with the vehicle.
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