GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A man is stabbed multiple times during a confrontation with an anti-abortion protester That fight happened outside the Planned Parenthood office in Grants Pass on Tuesday night, but so far no one involved has been arrested.
The situation evolved quickly from a single person picketing Planned Parenthood, to an argument over his signs, to a fight, to a stabbing. A private security officer was stationed outside the office on Wednesday, Grants Pass police say 54-year-old Christopher Tolhurst had been picketing outside the Planned Parenthood every day for the past few weeks. He would be by himself, carrying anti-abortion signs.
Police say Tuesday, 22-year-old Kailah Claire confronted Tolhurst and kicked over his signs. Tolhurst then shoved Claire. She returned later with her father, 48-year-old Ted Claire, who pushed Tolhurst down and repeatedly punched him in the face. Tolhurst then took out a knife and stabbed the man in the abdomen and neck. Police say they are still reviewing with the district attorney to see if there will be any charges.
“He has not been arrested at this time. We’re conferring with the district attorney on this case, because there are certainly self-defense issues,” said Grants Pass Police Lt. Dennis Ward.
A representative from Three Rivers Hospital could not comment on Ted Claire’s condition. Planned Parenthood said it is in communication with law enforcement about the incident and plans to remain open. Its website says the Grants Pass clinic does not offer abortion services.