Abortion Activist Accepts Six Months’ Probation for Assaulting Pro-Life Advocate
by Steven Ertelt
November 3, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — An abortion activist has accepted a sentence of six months probation for her part in an attack on a pro-life man in Arizona who was holding a pro-life sign that apparently upset her and another pro-abortion women.
In the September incident, 69-year-old Johnny Wallace was attacked by two women as he held two pro-life signs condemning the racist undertones of abortion and Planned Parenthood.
Wallace was alone in front of City Hall on the busiest street in town at the time of the attack. He was known to take up position at the spot most every day to make sure members of the community were reminded of the problems associated with abortion.
His two signs read "Abortion kills more black Americans in four days than the Klan killed in 150 years," and "Life begins at conception and ends at Planned Parenthood."
Wallace was approached from behind by two women who began by yelling profanities at him. One then attempted to take away and destroy his sign. After Wallace was wrestled to the ground, the other woman joined the attack.
Paramedics were called and Wallace was treated for minor injuries. He suffered an elbow injury that has required additional treatment.
Denise Redsteer, 48, accepted a "deferred prosecution" Friday in Flagstaff Municipal Court, according to City Prosecutor Lisa Stankovich. She accepted six months of unsupervised probation in order for the charges to be dropped, the Arizona Daily Sun indicates.
Stankovich told the newspaper that Redsteer has also agreed to pay a $150 prosecution fee and agreed not to engage in any criminal conduct during the probationary period.
Deferred prosecution does not admit guilt and the charges will be dropped if she is criminal-free for the duration of the probation.
Flagstaff attorney Mik Jordhal would not comment to the newspaper on the case until the case against Linda Chapman, 48 and the other woman to assault Wallace, has her case conclude.
Both women were cited and released on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damage after the incident.
Troy Newman, the head of the pro-life group Operation Rescue, condemned the attack afterwards.
"Mr. Wallace was simply exercising his God-given rights as an American citizen when he was brutally assaulted because his attackers disagreed with his beliefs," he told LifeNews.com.
The attack came just eight days after pro-life advocate James Pouillon was shot repeatedly and killed in Michigan by a man who didn’t like him protesting abortion at a high school.
"This attack is especially disturbing because the motivation for the attack on Mr. Wallace was the same motivation that caused Harlan Drake to murder Jim Pouillon," Newman said.
"Recently there has been an increasing attitude that it is okay to hurt pro-life people if one does not agree with them. This disturbing trend must stop," Newman said.
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