Police arrested a Pensacola, Florida woman last week after she hit a pro-life advocate in the face with a sign outside the only abortion facility in the city.
The report adds to the growing wave of assaults, threats, vandalism and other acts targeting pro-life advocates in recent years.
A video of the latest incident posted on the WEAR-TV 3 website shows a group of pro-life advocates sitting peacefully along the sidewalk near a busy road, displaying signs that showed babies who were victims of abortion; one read “Abortion is a sin.”
In the video, a woman can be seen approaching the group from behind, quickly grabbing one of their signs and hitting a pro-life man with it, knocking his cell phone out of his hand. The man urges someone to call 911, and the woman walks away quickly, shouting, “I hate you!” as she leaves.
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Pensacola Police later identified the woman in the video as Jennifer Samala, 50, of Pensacola. Police said they arrested her and charged her with battery, according to the report.
According to police, the incident occurred Dec. 11 near American Family Planning Pensacola, the only abortion facility in the city. Police said Samala stopped her vehicle, walked up to the man, grabbed the sign and hit him in the face with it, WEAR reports.
Thomas Messe, who identified himself as the man who was hit, told the local news that he and other pro-lifers gather on the sidewalk near the abortion facility every Saturday.
“We we minding our own business here with our protest. She abruptly approaches us very fast — swearing, cursing,” Messe said. “I wasn’t hurt, but it was pretty scary. And luckily after that she ran away.”
Vandalism, assaults and other attacks on pro-life advocates have become increasingly common. In October, the pro-life group Tiny Heartbeat Ministries said an individual destroyed their display with a knife, nearly slashing a pro-life advocate in the process, at Western Washington University. A Texas pro-life organization has received multiple bomb threats in the past three months. Several pro-life student displays on college campuses, pro-life billboards and Catholic Churches also were vandalized this fall.
LifeNews has been keeping track of these reports over the past several years.
Reports this year include:
Washington state – Abortion Activist Nearly Slashes Pro-Lifer with Knife, Destroys Sign
California – Abortion Activists Disrupt Pro-Life Speaker Kristen Hawkins at University of San Diego (National Catholic Register)
California – Pro-Abortion Student Caught Destroying Pro-Life Event Posters at University of San Diego (Students for Life)
Ohio – Pro-Life Student Display Vandalized Again at Xavier College (Xavier Newswire)
Bolivia – Church Vandalized after Being Falsely Accused of Intervening to Prevent Pregnant 11-Year-Old from Getting an Abortion (National Catholic Register)
Ohio – Pro-Life Display Defaced on Xavier College Campus (Xavier Newswire)
Austria – Police Block Aggressive Pro-Abortion Protesters, Protect Pro-Lifers at Vienna March for Life (Live Action News)
Maryland – Police Intervene after University of Maryland Student Knocks Down Pro-Life Group’s Signs (The Diamondback)
Florida – Man Arrested for Allegedly Threatening to Shoot Pro-Life Congressman, His Children (Politico)
New Hampshire – Pro-Abortion Students Vandalize, Destroy College Republicans’ Pro-Life Signs (Campus Reform)
Massachusetts – Abortion Activists Vandalize Pro-Life Signs, Threaten Violence, Call Pro-Life Leader “Anti-Woman Pig” (Townhall)
England – Exeter University Pro-Life Student Society Receives Death Threats (Devon Live)
Pennsylvania – Pro-Abortion Protesters Bang on Pregnancy Center Windows, Vandalize Sign, Block Door (Pregnancy Help News, More:Choose Life Marketing)
England – Abortion Activists Destroy Student Pro-Life Display at Oxford University Fair (Cherwell) (The Telegraph)
USA – Pro-Lifers Assaulted, Pregnant Woman Shoved to the Ground at Women’s Marches (Students for Life)
Iowa – Abortion Activist Vandalizes Pro-Life Sign, Accosts Pro-Life Student (Campus Reform)
California – Pepperdine University students vandalize pro-life display, rip down crosses (Fox News)
Texas – Abortion Activists Assaults, Throws Cup Full of Liquid at Pro-Life Advocate at Houston Pro-Life Rally (TFP Student Action)
Ohio – Police Remove Screaming Pro-Abortion Protesters from State Senate Chamber (FOX 55/AP)
Switzerland – Three Pro-Life Organizations Vandalized with Pro-Abortion Graffiti ahead of National Pro-Life March (Evangelical Focus Europe)
California – Eggs Thrown at Pro-Life Candidate Larry Elder, Staffer Hit in Face (Fox News)
Colorado – Vandals Deface Boulder County Catholic Church with Pro-Abortion Graffiti (Washington Times)
New York – Police Arrest Two Abortion Activists for Allegedly Blocking Pro-Life Prayer Rally (National Review)
Connecticut – Pro-Life Billboard in Barkhamsted Vandalized with “Get an Abortion” and Coat Hangers (ProLife Across America)
Poland – Pro-Life Billboard Showing Abortion Victims Gets Vandalized about Once a Week (The Calvert Journal)
Arizona – Students for Life: Planned Parenthood Volunteers Steal Pro-Life Students’ Bags (Students for Life blog)
Oregon – Antifa Tries to Disrupt Pro-Life Prayer Group with Violence outside Planned Parenthood (Citizen Stringer), Andy Ngo (video, video, video)
Canada – Pro-Life Memorial Broken in Spate of Vandalism Targeting Catholic Churches (Catholic News Agency)
South Carolina – Antifa Radicals Vandalize Pro-Life Congresswoman Nancy Mace’s Home
Illinois – Authorities: Fire at Peoria Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Was Intentionally Set (NPR Illinois State University)
Texas – Pro-Life Aggies’ Sign Ripped Down, Replaced with Signs Advertising Planned Parenthood (National Right to Life News)
Canada – Church Pro-Life Billboard Vandalized Twice near Vancouver (The B.C. Catholic)
Washington, D.C. – Man Threatens to Shoot Pro-Life Sidewalk Counselors (Students for Life)
Argentina – Female Judge Receives Multiple Death Threats after Blocking Pro-Abortion Law (Crux)