Pro-Life Activist Lila Rose Attacked by Planned Parenthood Abortion Center Escort
by Steven Ertelt
December 18, 2009
San Jose, CA (LifeNews.com) — Lila Rose has made a name for herself exposing the abuses at Planned Parenthood centers, such as staffers misleading women about abortion or hiding cases of sexual abuse. Rose became a victim herself Thursday morning as a Planned Parenthood staff member attacked her.
Late Thursday morning at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility located at 1691 The Alameda in San Jose, California, Rose led a group of pro-life advocates.
Rose tells LifeNews.com she was visiting the abortion center with a group of about 20 students and three adults to pray and provide information to women who might be open to abortion alternatives.
According to a police report filed at the scene and numerous witnesses, a uniformed Planned Parenthood escort engaged in a short exchange with Rose and eventually struck her on the hand, knocking her literature to the ground.
"Sir, are you familiar with the abortion procedure?" Rose asked the Planned Parenthood escort while standing on the public sidewalk.
The escort approached Rose from the Planned Parenthood parking lot and said, "You idiot. You’ve caused so much trouble. You piece of crap."
Rose told LifeNews.com today: "The man appeared to recognize me though I had never met him. He knew who I was and I think that is part of the reason for his surprising anger and the attack."
Rose offered to show the escort a picture of a baby victimized by abortion, saying, "Can I show you a picture of what it really does to a baby?"
At this point, the escort struck Rose’s hand knocking her pro-life pamphlets and Bible to the ground and Rose stepped further back on the public sidewalk.
The Planned Parenthood official moved closer to Rose and, visibly shaking, says, "It’s a woman’s choice!"
"What about the baby’s choice?" Rose responds.
The Planned Parenthood escort replied, "It’s not a baby!" and then turned around and walked away.
Rose, the president of Live Action, tells LifeNews.com that the police were called and interviewed her and several witnesses on the scene.
She says she was not injured by the attack but will press for charges of assault and battery.
Rose told LifeNews.com she’s not concerned about the attack in one sense because unborn children face worse.
"The attack against me cannot even begin to compare with the lethal attacks that take place twice a week at that same clinic against completely defenseless unborn children. I am thankful I live in a nation where my life is protected by law, and the lives of sidewalk counselors, and we will continue to fight for the day when our laws recognize our fellow unborn brothers and sisters as persons with the right to life," she said.
Rose said she received good news this morning.
"A woman who thought she was pregnant and considering abortion, bound for Planned Parenthood , turned around, and one of the parents and their daughter at the clinic drove her and her friend to the criis pregnancy center," she said.
‘She was crying and so happy because she said she wanted ‘a sign from God’ not to get an abortion. And the sidewalk counselors and students praying were her sign," Rose concluded.
The group concluded in a statement that it "maintains a strong commitment to non-violent public discourse. We expect Planned Parenthood will respond to their escort’s attack by publicly disavowing the use of violence."
However, Planned Parenthood has yet to comment on the incident.
Related web sites:
Live Action – https://liveaction.org
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