Truck driver rushes into abortion rights demonstrator at Roe Rally, Iowa


Protesters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, fall while the driver pays attention to them during a demonstration against the overthrow of the Roe v. Wade case on Friday.  (Photo: Lyz Lenz)

Protesters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, fall while the driver pays attention to them during a demonstration against the overthrow of the Roe v. Wade case on Friday. (Photo: Lyz Lenz)

Protesters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, fall while the driver pays attention to them during a demonstration against the overthrow of the Roe v. Wade case on Friday. (Photo: Lyz Lenz)

The truck driver took care of a group of demonstrators on Friday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Roe v. Wade..

According to witnesses, an unidentified male driver of a Ford truck collided with several protesters (all women) at the end of the procession, rolling one woman’s ankle and sending her to the hospital. rice field.

“He tried to kill them,” said Liz Lenz, a local journalist and witness to the attack. “These women saw him coming and many people took steps to stop him, and he just continued.”

Witnesses, including one of the victims, described the scene in an interview with the HuffPost. A male driver was waiting behind a few cars at a downtown red light as a swarm of protesters crossed the street.

As several witnesses said, he became “hurried”, hit the gas, and roamed around several cars to attack the protesters.

In a video shot by Linn County supervisor Stacy Walker, several women standing with their arms outstretched in front of the truck are trying to stop the driver. However, the driver keeps moving forward, putting them in a bowl and injuring some of them.

One of the demonstrators, Alexis Russell, can be seen in a video with a sign of protest reaching for the driver’s side window as the truck rolls forward. She told the HuffPost that she was trying to keep him away from other protesters.

“I had a reaction to fight or run away,” Russell told the HuffPost. “He was down the window. I grabbed the back of the window to catch up with his car and tried to grab the steering wheel. At some point he grabbed my sign and tore it. And I fell, and he began to overrun one of the girls. “

Russell said she was “upset” but otherwise unharmed. Her hospitalized woman was “totally distraught,” she said.

City council member Ashley Banorney confirmed that Cedar Rapids police had been called in and under investigation.

Several witnesses claimed that the attack was motivated by anger at the protest. US Supreme Court withdraws Roe v. Wade case And Casey v. Planned parent-child relationship On Friday.

Witness Molly Monk told the HuffPost that the man showed no audible signs of opposition to abortion. I had a choice. “

“I feel that the pro-life movement is a complete lie when you try to kill them in my neighborhood, on my street, to oppose those who are protesting the right to abortion.” Monk said. “People’s belief that this is the meaning of professional life makes me very, very sad, very hurt, and very angry.”

The anti-abortion movement is despite a Republican lawmaker’s request to protect fellow abortionists from harm following a Supreme Court ruling on Friday. A long history of violence..

In the last 43 years, anti-abortion activists have committed at least 11 murders, 26 attempted murders, 956 harm or death threats, 614 stalker cases, and 4 kidnappings. According to the National Abortion Federation.. Perhaps the “Pro Life” movement bombed 42 abortion clinics, set fire to 194, and threatened 667 bombs.

Details of the Supreme Court’s abortion decision:

This article was originally HuffPost It has been updated.

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