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A woman is in custody Monday after hurling a molotov cocktail at three women who were praying peacefully in front of the local Planned Parenthood.
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The executive director of Central Texas Coalition for Life told KXAN Monday they were able to record part of the suspect’s license plate number before she fled the the scene. Melanie Toney has been charged with aggravated assault.
The group has been praying outside the facility that provides abortions as part of a ‘40 Days for Life’ campaign.
“I don’t know what it was, I thought it was a firecracker, but I saw a person toss out something out of her vehicle,” explained Faviola Hidalgo to KXAN right after her prayer session. She saw Toney flee in a white BMW SUV and dialed 911. “My heart just sank, I got so scared, I said, ‘Oh my God, that is fire!.”
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“This is definitely the first time that something of this nature has been thrown at us that’s actually threatened and put people in danger, so it’s obviously very alarming,” said Heather Garner, executive director of Central Texas Coalition for Life.
Garner’s organization took to Facebook after the incident Tuesday, noting, “This is not the first time people have thrown objects at pro-lifers but clearly this instance was a more direct threat, and we always want to exercise caution.
The safety of our volunteers is of utmost importance which is why it is necessary to have at least 2 people praying at all times. Our approach has always been that we have a peaceful prayerful attitude and be aware of our surroundings, which is what these volunteers exemplified. Let us pray for all involved.
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h/t: The Daily Caller
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