A pro-life supporter attending a peaceful protest in Toronto was assaulted by a male hairstylist on Sunday, with the entire attack caught on film.
27-year-old Marie-Claire Bissonnette was kicked by flamboyantly irate hairdresser Jordan Hunt during a protest against abortions after she accused him of vandalizing the protesters’ signs, clothing and other items with a permanent marker.
Filming Hunt to capture his transgressions on tape, she soon found herself being roundhouse-kicked by the man after she expressed her views on abortion rights.
Hunt claimed he was aiming for her phone, but eventually left the scene when it became apparent that his excuses weren’t cutting it.
According to the Daily Mail, the stylist was fired from his job after the video went viral and is now under investigation by the Toronto Police Service, although no arrests have been made.
“A woman attended a peaceful protest in the Keele Street and Bloor Street area when an unknown man approached the protesters and was very disruptive,” a TPS spokesman said. “During the interaction the man performed a roundhouse kick on the woman and fled before police attended. Her injuries were non-life-threatening. The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time.”
Bissonette sustained minor injuries, but expressed her anger at how pro-life supporters are treated in public – often with little to no responding action by authorities.
“I’ve participated in many public pro-life activities throughout my life. This isn’t the first time I’ve been attacked,” she said in a statement. “Rocks have been thrown at me. I’ve been spat upon multiple times and pushed. Men have aggressively asked how I would like it if they raped me and forced me to have an abortion. There is a media-driven narrative that pro-life activists are violent and a danger to women. This is a bald-faced lie. The only violence or aggression I’ve witnessed in my many years in the pro-life movement comes entirely from pro-abortion activists, and yet it’s rarely, if ever, reported.”
The video has taken off since it was posted, furthering the rift between opposing views on the topic of abortion.
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