Abortion activists lobbed a nasty insult at a United States Congressman from California this week after he voted to defund the abortion business Planned Parenthood.
U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-California, held a town hall meeting on Monday to discuss health care, the environment, economics and other issues. As has been happening at conservative lawmakers’ town halls across the country, LaMalfa faced a hostile crowd that booed, jeered and shouted insults at him, according to the Washington Post.
One particularly nasty comment came from an abortion activist who was angry at LaMalfa for voting for a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, and repeal portions of Obamacare.
According to the report:
“I think that your vote to throw 22 million people off of health is reprehensible and in the service of the rich,” a resident told LaMalfa on his efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.
“I hope you suffer the same painful fate as those millions that you have voted to remove health care from. May you die in pain,” he added.
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The comments drew a stream of groans from the audience in a rare moment of sympathy for LaMalfa.
“We pray for our constituents too, sir,” LaMalfa, who took office in 2013, quickly countered.
Hostility against conservative lawmakers and pro-lifers has escalated in the past year, with one gunman opening fire on a field of Republican lawmakers in June as they practiced for an annual Congressional baseball game. The shooter, allegedly James T. Hodgkinson, a liberal activist, injured pro-life Congressman Steve Scalise and two others.
Other pro-life politicians have faced death threats. Texas state Rep. Tony Tinderholt and his family were put under state protection in January after he received multiple death threats related to a bill he introduced to ban abortions.
And in May, a Tennessee woman was charged with a felony after she allegedly chased pro-life U.S. Rep. David Kustoff down a highway, making him and his staff afraid that they would be forced off the road, according to local police.
Though not a direct threat, abortion activists also held an event in Philadelphia earlier this year where they smashed a pinata shaped like pro-life U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s head. Organizers collected donations for a local abortion group and encouraged guests to “hit the s— out of Pat Toomey.”
In late 2015, a Missouri pro-life lawmaker also received a death threat while he led an investigation into the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
LifeNews has been reporting frequently about growing hostility toward pro-lifers.
And in early February, violent threats against a California pro-life leader prompted him to cancel a pro-life rally in Gilroy, LifeNews reported.
Violence also has been directed toward pro-life organizations’ buildings or displays. In November, the FBI became involved when a suspected arson set fire to a pro-life pregnancy center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In December, a Christian pro-life organization in Australia was damaged by an explosion in what pro-lifers believe was a “targeted attack,” the BBC reports. Australian Capital Territory Police said a 35-year-old man parked a van filled with bottles of gas right outside the Australia Christian Lobby headquarters in Canberra and lit them, causing an explosion that damaged the building, ABC Australia reports.
On college campuses this spring, student abortion activists also were caught vandalizing pro-life displays and then bragging about them.