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Man who assaulted pro-life woman at demonstration gets probation

Attacks on pro-life demonstrators are disturbingly common in Canada.

Jordan Hunt, found guilty of roundhouse-kicking a pro-life woman, activist Marie-Claire Bissonnette, at a Life Chain event in September 2018, received eight months probation for mischief and assault charges.

He was also given an order to stay 100 meters away from any future pro-life demonstrations.

Before the assault, Hunt was seen staining the signs and clothes of demonstrators with permanent markers.

Hunt assaulted the woman after he berated her with pro-choice arguments. As she was responding to him, he forcefully kicked her.

Bissonnette told LifeSiteNews about the assault after it happened. While clearly describing Hunt’s disgraceful conduct, what was much more disturbing was the disdain the victim received from police.

“A police car arrived, five to ten minutes later. The policemen rolled down their window but did not exit their vehicle,” she said.

“I approached them and told them I was just assaulted and explained the situation. I showed them the video. They replied, ‘What do you want us to do about it?’”

When approached by media outside of court at the pre-trial hearing, Hunt was unapologetic, showing complete contempt.

Attacks on pro-life demonstrators are disturbingly common in Canada.

Bissonnette claims she has been attacked multiple times in the past while demonstrating, but never so violently as this.

Life Chain is an annual nation-wide event where people peacefully gather to demonstrate their support for the pro-life cause. In 2018 there were over 200 such demonstrations across Canada.

Among some of the signs the demonstrators carried included phrases like “Adoption, the Loving Option” and “Pregnant and need help? Call [insert local pregnancy help centre]”.

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