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Elderly Michigan Woman Shot While Campaigning Against Pro-Abortion Ballot Proposal

Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2022
by Outside Contributor

An 84-year-old volunteer canvasser in Michigan was shot following an argument while distributing pro-life pamphlets door-to-door in her community about a state abortion ballot proposal.

According to a Sept. 24 statement from Right to Life of Michigan, a “heated conversation” took place on Sept. 20 between one of its local volunteers and an occupant of a home in Odessa, a small community near Grand Rapids.

As the volunteer was leaving the residence, she was allegedly shot in the rear part of her shoulder by a man who hadn’t been a part of the discussion.

Grand Rapids TV 8 reported on Sept. 23 that the wounded woman drove herself to the Lake Odessa Police Department to report the shooting.

She was taken to the hospital for treatment and later released. The woman is recovering from her wound and is in good spirits and will be going out campaigning again, Right to Life of Michigan communications and education director Anna Visser told The Epoch Times on Sept. 26.

“She is a strong, dedicated, longtime, pro-life volunteer who is not easily intimidated. We are happy she is OK.

“No one deserves to be shot for their beliefs, whatever they may be,” Visser said.

Visser said the shooting is being investigated by the Michigan State Police and that Right to Life is eagerly awaiting the police report.

“Whatever happens, we will continue to have volunteers go door-to-door. To our people, the cause of saving innocent lives is so important that it warrants the risk. We will not be intimidated.”

She told The Epoch Times, “Our volunteer that was shot went visiting all by herself.

“We strongly encourage all volunteers to be cautious and go out in pairs or in small groups. And they should watch for ‘No Soliciting’ signs.”

The victim, who wants to remain anonymous, doesn’t know the identity of the man who allegedly shot her or his motive, according to the Right to Life statement.

TV 8 reported that law enforcement sources described the prelude to the shooting as “an alleged verbal altercation while she [the volunteer] passed out pamphlets.”

The literature the volunteer was distributing explained why Proposal 3, a citizen-initiated ballot proposal that seeks to enshrine abortion access in the state’s constitution, is “so misleading and dangerous.”

Proposal 3, also known as the Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative (RRFI), is supported by Reproductive Freedom for All, a coalition of groups including the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood.

“The majority of Michiganders know that abortion is health care,” Loren Khogali, executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, wrote on the organization’s website. “Michigan is on the right side of history as we lead the way with Reproductive Freedom for All.

“The Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade will not take away the rights and freedoms of people in Michigan to determine if and when they become a parent.

“We will not allow forced pregnancy in our state, nor will we stand by as the devastating impacts of a post-Roe world disproportionately impact people of color [and] LGBT communities.”

The Great Lakes Justice Center (GLJC), an opponent of the RRFI, recently posted online an issues brief detailing what it calls “the perils of Proposal 3.”

The brief says in part: “If passed, the RRFI will enshrine in Michigan’s Constitution the most extreme abortion law in the country. It creates a new, unlimited, and unregulated right to abortion and an additional, undefined ‘right to reproductive freedom.’”

According to the GLJC analysis, the proposed amendment gives the new right of reproductive freedom to all “individuals,” including children.

It would allow a minor child to have an abortion without the knowledge or consent of the child’s parents and gives the child the right to procure a sex change without the parents’ knowledge or consent.

GLJC also contends that sex between an adult and a minor child will be protected by the amendment, as long as the child consents.

The GLJC analysis concludes by stating that new “reproductive freedom rights” would invalidate numerous existing laws protecting women, children, and parents.

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1 year ago

Well when you have the POTUS standing in front of Liberty Hall lit in dark red colors with Marines in the background (to emphasize the implied threat to use military force) calling anyone who objects to his policies an “Enemy of the State” and a “danger to democracy”, what the h*ll do you expect? The same message is repeated daily by Democrat politicians all over this country and on virtually all major media networks. Just days ago we had an 18 year old run down by a leftist loon, because he objected to the youth’s political positions. Now you have a 84 year old woman shot in the back by another leftist for simply daring to be handing out anti-abortion literature door to door. This has less to do about what the elderly woman was doing and more to do with the fact that the POTUS and his political party and compliant MSM have essentially been telling their voting base that it is OK to use deadly force to eliminate what they have been told are “enemies of the State”.

1 year ago

No surprise that the creep nutball libscarred shot someone who disagreed with her. The justification seems to be that if you are a lib Commie democrat and don’t like the oppositions’ point of view, do them like a DemocRat would an unborn fetus …. shoot ’em. It’s getting to the point in our legal society where Political Party ethics/laws transcends Constitutional laws IF YOU ARE A DemocommiecRat. I think it is likely in this incident that a plea of insanity will get the shooter off the hook as far a punitive result in her prosecution. She will probably plead insanity, which is accurate even though it applies to most ultra-left-wing DemocRats.

1 year ago

What the hell happened to the man who shot her!?!?! Finding him was more important than this article.

Michael J
Michael J
1 year ago

I thought these animals were anti-gun. Add coward to the mix, to shoot an unarmed woman in the back because he’s butt hurt is new but not unexpected.

Elizabeth A Murphy
Elizabeth A Murphy
1 year ago

Funny how I did not see this on the front pages of any of the major news outlets.

Teena Shear
Teena Shear
1 year ago

I was date raped at 18. It was a humiliating experience. Needless to say, I didn’t see the man anymore. When I was told I was pregnant 2 months later, I just wanted to die. My relationship with my parents was estranged, I was really alone. This was at a time when abortion was illegal and society at large saw abortion for what it was, the destruction of innocent, helpless life. That period of pregnancy was one of the worst time periods in my life. There was a lot of stigma attached to being pregnant out of wedlock in those days. BUT, I had my babygirl, I kept her, and can honestly say she is and has always been an absolute delight and blessing. Pregnancy is temporary, it doesn’t destroy a woman’s life, though it may seem like it at the time, it just puts things on hold. It is outrageous and horrifying that our society has gotten so Godless, selfish as to be determined to see babies and human life as lacking value if it’s inconvenient.

dennis osborne
dennis osborne
1 year ago

My question is how can abortion rights affect the LGBT community at all it can’t and this is not about a medical freedoms killing a human being is not about medical freedoms the whole abortion issue is just evil

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