Abortion Clinic Manager Who Assaulted Pro-Life Activist Faces Trial

The manager of the Central Family Medicine Abortion Clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, is facing prosecution for physically attacking an anti-abortion activist and slamming her to the ground.

The upcoming trial is scheduled for Dec. 28 at Kansas City municipal court, The Christian Newswire has reported, where the victim, Mary Anne Sause, will share her testimony of the incident. She claims the manager of the clinic took pictures of her car before slamming her down to the ground. She is being represented by the Life Legal Defense Foundation, a pro-life organization that seeks to protect unborn children and anti-abortion activists in the nation’s courtrooms.

Dana Cody, Executive Director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, speaking with The Christian Post about the details of the case, has said: “Miss Sause was at the clinic, and the manager, a gentleman named Mark Petterson, started taking pictures of her car, and then for no apparent reason, slammed her to the ground. He is being criminally prosecuted for that.”

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She said that she was not aware of any reason given for the attack: “Let’s assume for argument’s sake that there was a reason – you do not just slam someone into the ground, you call the police. But there was no reason that we are aware of.”

Cody went on to describe what the Foundation does: “We are an organization that defends people who are out on the public sidewalk at clinics. We deal with cases of harassment, and this was a case where the manager got physical.”

There were no other incidents she knew of where a manager himself attacked someone, she shared, but noted that there have been other cases where pro-life activists had been physically abused.

“The secular media does not really pay attention to stories such as this, because they don’t want people out on the sidewalk – they have a bias against abortion rights, and they just don’t report it,” the executive director remarked.

She continued: “It is typically more a case of a manager calling law enforcement and saying to activists that they can’t be here. Typically, our clients are educated and they know that yes, they do have the right to be there – and we settle the issue at court.”

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