The pro-life young man who paints “Baby Lives Matter” on the streets outside of abortion facilities said he was beaten by a group of Antifa protesters Tuesday in Portland, Oregon.
The Christian Post reports Tayler Hansen posted photos of his bloody and bruised face Wednesday on Twitter when he described the assault.
“Last night in Portland I was beaten bloody by four people in Black Bloc,” he wrote.
Hansen said four Antifa protesters who were wearing black attacked him while he was trying to film the protests in downtown Portland.
“It started with a press member recognizing me. He proceeded to get his phone to show a group of Black Bloc what I believe to be my Instagram,” he said. “I fled and changed my disguise, and returned once they had arrived at a different location.”
Later, when two people addressed him by name, Hansen said he decided to walk away.
“A few blocks down there was a group of four dressed in Black Bloc waiting for me around the corner,” Hansen said. “They proceeded to beat me. I was punched in the face, thrown on the ground where they began kicking me in the back and hitting me in the face again.”
“As they fled one yelled ‘Stay out of Portland b—-!’” he said. “I am thankful they stopped the beating when they did and didn’t use weapons to inflict harm or death upon me.”
According to the report, Hansen was arrested last weekend, but the report did not say why. It is not clear if charges have been filed against the people who attacked him.
Hansen drew national media attention in July after he painted “Baby Lives Matter” outside a Planned Parenthood in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since then, he also has painted the phrase outside abortion facilities in Washington, D.C., Richmond, Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, the report states.
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Vandalism and violence against pro-life advocates also has become increasingly common. LifeNews.com recorded more than 100 reports of assault, vandalism, harassment and other incidents in 2019. Our news outlet began tracking these reports after pro-life organizations expressed alarm about an uptick in violence in recent years.
Reports this year include:
Washington, D.C. – Pro-life Leader, Senator Harassed by Mob after Leaving White House (videos by Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul)
Delaware – Delaware Man Charged with Pulling Gun on Pro-Lifers Outside Planned Parenthood (Associated Press)
England – Pro-life MP Receives Death Threat after Voting against Pro-Abortion Bill (The Christian Institute)
Florida – Man Sentenced for Death Threats against Pro-Life Christian Organization (Fox News)
Indiana – Abortion Activist Charged with Rioting, Disorderly Conduct (WPTA 21/Created Equal)
Ohio – Pro-Life Billboard Vandalized in Middletown (Journal-News)
Canada – Pro-Life Billboard Smeared with Paint by Vandals near Kelowna (CastaNet)
Germany – Pregnancy Center Vandalized, Windows Smashed (Pregnancy Help News)
Oregon – Vandals Destroy “Pro-Trump. Pro-Life” Campaign Sign in Man’s Yard (Washington Times)
Texas – Pro-life Christian Threatened with Gun outside Fort Worth Abortion Facility (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Texas – Abortion Worker Gives Pro-Lifer Bag of Vomit from Sick Woman During Coronavirus Outbreak (Operation Rescue)
California – Pro-Life Billboard Vandalized in San Francisco (Prolife Across America)
Washington, D.C. – Video: Abortion Activist Threatens to Pepperspray Pro-Life Advocates at Georgetown (TFP Student Action)
Washington state – Video: Students Vandalize Pro-Life Chalk Display at Western Washington University (Students for Life)
California – Hundreds of Pro-Life Fliers Stolen at Cal-Poly ahead of Pro-Life Speaker’s Talk (Students for Life)
Ohio – Video: Mom Threatens to Shoot Pro-Life Advocate on Sidewalk (Created Equal)
New Hampshire – Man Arrested after Allegedly Assaulting 15-Year-Old Trump Supporter (Townhall)
California – Bernie Sanders Supporter Allegedly Vandalizes, Tries to Set Fire to GOP Office (KRCR News)
Indiana – Pro-Life Ads Vandalized in South Bend, Second Time in 3 Months (Pregnancy Help News)
Washington, D.C. – Video: Student Swipes Pro-Life Sign from Daily Caller Reporter’s Hands
Washington, D.C. – Abortion Activist Threatens to Slit Pro-Life Student’s Throat at March for Life (Students for Life)
Guam – ‘Protect Unborn Babies’ Display Vandalized at Catholic Church (KUAM News)