Jordan Hunt, a Toronto, Canada man who allegedly assaulted a young, female pro-lifer on Sunday, also may have assaulted another pro-life woman this summer.
“When they reviewed footage of an assault on one of our young female interns earlier this summer during a pro-life demonstration in Toronto, we discovered why: Jordan Hunt was the attacker. It turns out that his assault earlier this week is not the first time he has attacked a pro-life female for expressing her views in public,” Van Maren wrote.
He said the pro-life group has notified police. Authorities have not confirmed the man’s identity in either attack though it appears to be the same person.
The Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform also released a video of the incident. The first clip shows a man grabbing a pro-life woman’s sign as she stands on a street corner in the distance, almost knocking her into traffic. He is wearing a black backpack and no shirt.
Later, in a close-up shot, what appears to be the same man argues with pro-lifers and admits he “tried to knock your stupid billboard of a sign” out of the woman’s hands. He also says he tried to take their signs and pamphlets and “arguably that is wrong,” but he justifies his actions by claiming pro-lifers “are trying to f— with other peoples choices.”
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He appears to be the same man who allegedly roundhouse kicked another young pro-life woman Sunday in Toronto.
“Several witnesses, as well as the female intern who was attacked by Hunt, have confirmed his identity and the police have been notified,” Van Maren wrote.
“Contrary to the false narrative promoted by politicians and the media, it is not pro-lifers who engage in harassment—rather, they are regularly the targets of it,” he continued.
Van Maren said the organization plans to release more footage of violence committed against pro-lifers soon.
The first reported assault incident occurred Sunday during a Life Chain in Toronto. A now-viral video shows a male abortion activist roundhouse kicking a pro-life woman as she records her conversation with him. The woman identified herself as Campaign Life Coalition Youth Coordinator Marie-Claire Bissonnette.
The young pro-life leader said the man also defaced several of their signs and scribbled on several pro-lifers’ clothes, including those of a 10-year-old girl, the Washington Free Beacon reports.
On Wednesday, Noble Studio 101, a hair salon in Toronto, posted a message on Instagram identifying the man as Jordan Hunt, one of its former employees. The business said it fired Hunt after seeing him on the video.
The Toronto Sun reports police said they are investigating, and several people submitted tips on social media about the man’s possible identity. Police said they are looking into the tips but have not made an arrest yet.
Bissonnette said she plans to press charges when police arrest the man. She also posted a message on Twitter late Wednesday asking people to pray for him.
Bissonnette indicated that she was not the only person targeted Sunday during the Life Chains. In Mississagua, she said someone walked up to a pro-life advocate from behind and poured paint over his clothes while he was praying.
LifeNews has reported about dozens of threats, vandalism and other violence against pro-life advocates in the past year. These range from threats against prominent pro-life politicians like U.S. Reps. Chris Smith, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Steve Scalise to a Missouri sidewalk counselor who had a gun pointed at him. In September, a popular conservative blogger was under police protection after she received rape and death threats because of a pro-life tweet.