In another disturbing incident of leftist political violence last week, two elderly pro-life advocates were assaulted in a brutal attack outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Baltimore. The vicious onslaught has provoked outrage among conservative circles and raised concerns about the rising violence against pro-life activists.
Mark Crosby, an esteemed figure in the pro-life community, was severely injured during the attack. Local pro-life advocate, John Roswell, painted a grim picture of Crosby’s injuries. “Crosby’s plate bone in his upper right cheek is completely fractured,” he told LifeSiteNews. “He is bleeding from some unidentified area behind his eye, and the bone eye orbit is completely shattered and will have to be replaced with metal.” Such brutal injuries bear testament to the unbridled savagery of this assault.
A pro-life advocate was just viciously beaten while praying peacefully outside of a Baltimore Planned Parenthood.
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) May 31, 2023
The second victim, Dick Schafer, was knocked unconscious during the onslaught. Despite recovering from injuries to his hand, shoulder, head, and back, Schafer remains resilient. His bravery is a shining beacon for pro-life advocates everywhere. Schafer credits Crosby for saving his life during the incident, reaffirming their mutual commitment to their cause.
Roswell stated that the assailant approached the two victims from behind, demonstrating a lack of courage to confront them face-to-face. Additionally, before striking, the attacker had reportedly asked a Planned Parenthood escort to hold his drink, seemingly using the opportunity to launch his vicious attack.
Eyewitnesses recounted a scene of horrifying violence. A witness told WBAL-TV that the assailant had “speared the one gentleman over that flowerpot into the window and knocked him out.” Then, the attacker continued his rampage, striking Crosby and kicking him in the face with horrifying force. As a chilling testament to the brutality of the incident, photos captured at the scene show drops of blood staining the sidewalk.
The suspect, described as a man in his late twenties, quickly fled the scene following his rampage. Authorities are looking for the suspect and have urged anyone with information to come forward. It’s a race against time to bring the perpetrator of this horrendous crime to justice.
These attacks should serve as a wake-up call for the escalating violence against pro-life advocates. It’s a sad testament to our times when individuals are assaulted for voicing their beliefs. Pro-life activists like Crosby and Schafer represent the courage to stand up for one’s principles, even in the face of adversity.
While Karen Nelson, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, stated that her organization “does not condone any violence,” there remains a deep concern about the safety of pro-life activists. Roswell recounted his experiences of being spat on and cursed outside the same Planned Parenthood clinic where Schafer and Crosby were attacked.
The vicious assault has galvanized support for the victims, with a GoFundMe page set up for Crosby raising over $41,000 as of Wednesday afternoon. The outpouring of financial support is a testament to the community’s solidarity with the victims.
Despite the grave ordeal, Crosby and Schafer returned to the Planned Parenthood clinic Wednesday afternoon. Their presence is a testament to the indomitable spirit of pro-life advocates and their unwavering dedication to their cause.