A pro-life advocate was attacked Tuesday in Warsaw, Poland while driving a van with pro-life signs around the city.
The pro-life advocate with Fundacja Pro, a conservative NGO, was grabbed and hit repeatedly while waiting at a stop light in the Warsaw district of Wilanów, according to Notes from Poland. The report identified the pro-lifer only by his first name, Jan.
According to a video of the attack, Jan was in the van waiting at a stop light when a man approached the vehicle. The man can be seen throwing an object at the window and then opening the driver-side door and grabbing Jan, trying to pull him out of the vehicle. At one point, the attacker grabs Jan’s hat and later his cell phone and throws them both. At another point, the attacker slams the van door on Jan’s head and then pushes him before walking away.
“Based on such attacks, we understand that abortionists do not respect the lives of those most vulnerable,” Jan told Polskie Radio. “If you stand up for the unborn, they can attack you as well.”
According to Notes from Poland, Fundacja Pro has been the target of multiple attacks in recent months, including five cases of arson and another assault in which one of its workers was “hit with heavy chains” in November. The conservative organization is well-known for displaying pro-life messages and other causes on vans and driving them around Warsaw.
Leaders of the organization asked the public to help identify the attacker and urged people to contact police with information.
“Despite these attacks, it is our duty to preach the truth,” organization board member Mariusz Dzierżawski said. “The bandits who support abortion are also ready to attack those who have already been born.”
Poland is one of the few countries in Europe that recognizes unborn babies’ right to life. It prohibits abortions except in cases of rape, incest and risks to the mother’s life.
Across the world, abortion activists are growing increasingly aggressive and violent.
Within the past month alone, LifeNews reported about abortion activists throwing smoke bombs at pro-life students in Texas and a man allegedly threatening pro-life advocates with a metal bar outside an abortion facility in Nebraska. In New York City, abortion activists screamed profanities at young children and families leaving a pro-life Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and projected disgusting pro-abortion messages onto a prominent Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. In Mississippi, they vandalized a pro-life billboard.
Reports from the past 12 months include:
Nebraska – Police: Man Charged with Threatening Pro-Life Woman Outside Planned Parenthood Abortion Facility (Lincoln Journal-Star)
Saskatchewan – Estevan RCMP investigating vandalism of pro-life display (SaskToday)
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)